7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.9 You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” Matthew 7:7-11
13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! John 14:13-14
21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him. 1 John 3:21-22
14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. 1 John 5:14-15
If you think about it, prayer is pretty amazing. The idea that we can ask the creator of the universe to step into our individual lives and supernaturally change things in and around us is humbling, awe-inspiring, and sometimes a little difficult to believe.
I’ve wrestled with prayer in the past. Why does God sometimes seem so distant? Why do some prayers appear to go unanswered? How do I know what to pray for? These are normal questions that most believers wrestle with, and there aren’t always clear cut answers.
But I do know this: God is real, he’s relational, he’s deeply in love with us and wants the very best for us, he cares about the details of our lives, wants to meet our needs, and desires to mature us in the midst of our struggles.
I also know that he delights in answering prayers that are aligned with his heart and mind. For example, I want our son Leo to eat healthy because I know it’s good for him. So when he’s hungry and asks for an apple, I’m happy to give it to him. It’s a win-win.
I think that there are many healthy things which God wants to give us that he’s just waiting on us to ask for. Leo doesn’t sit and sulk in his room when he’s hungry, depressed that the apples are out of reach in the fridge. He just asks.
So too, we can learn to just ask God for what we want and need and trust him to sort out the details in us and around us. Sometimes I say no, because we’re about to have dinner or something like that. And then it’s an opportunity for Leo to learn patience and trust and practice having a good attitude.
The analogy isn’t perfect, but I think you get the point.
If you’re not asking God for much right now, why not start and see what happens?