Ask Boldly

06 May, 2018

Matthew 7:7,8 says,” Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Many of us are shy and reluctant to ask others for help. Sometimes people find it difficult to get help even when they need it the most, they simply think they can carry themselves on their own. But God wants each one of us, to be bold to come before Him and ask Him whatever we want. Although He knows what we want beforehand, God still expects us to ask because it shows our dependence on Him (James 4:2). Asking is the most important yet most neglected key to success. Bartimaeus boldly asked Jesus to restore his sight when Jesus asked him what he wanted. He didn’t think it would be shameful nor did he think it would be too much for his Rabbi, instead he simply asked boldly. And because he was bold enough to ask Jesus for sight he received his miracle. Even if God has given us promises, we still need to ask for it to be fulfilled. Although God had promised rains, Elijah prayed for rain until he saw the clouds. We need to therefore follow the ASK principle to avail our miracle and our breakthrough from God. This principle has two parts; the first part is a command and the second a promise. For when you ask you receive, when you seek you find and it is only when you knock that the door will be opened for you.

What is the ASK principle? ASK stands for:

  1. Ask – You ask only when you are in need of something.
  2. Seek – You seek only when you have lost something.
  3. Knock – You knock only when what you want or where you want to go is behind a locked door.

This principle is not only applicable spiritually but also in the physical world. It is important to trigger growth and advancement; it takes you to the next level in your spiritual and physical life. Miracles happen when you ask God. The intensity of your asking depends on your longing for that what you are asking for. Only when we have faith in God are we bold enough to ask Him for something (Eph 3:12). Hence, we need to cultivate faith in the creator of the universe. Hebrews 4:16 says that we can be confident to approach God because we are His children through Jesus. When we ask him with good intentions He is faithful to give us more than what we can ask, seek or imagine.

In the Greek language, verses 7 and 8 of Matthew chapter 7 in its original writing was written in the progressive tense. It read as “keep on asking, keep on seeking and keep on knocking…”. This means we must be persistent when we ask God for something, we must ask until we receive it. This is similar to how a child asks his/her parents for something they want, they will ask until they have received what they want.

Who are the people we can ask for help or favour to:

  1. Parents – Growing up we ask our parents for everything.
  2. Friends –  Asking for a favour or help when you need it. For we are social beings and need to help one another.
  3. Neighbours – When you have an emergency, the people living in your neighbourhood can come to your aid quickly.
  4. Strangers – When you are in a strange place and your GPS is not working, you will need help finding your way.
  5. Devil – you can ask the Devil to move out of your way!

A famous restaurant chain had their sales go up by 40% the year they introduced one simple technique. It was to ask every customer ordering at the counter, “would you like a side dish also?” This is the power of asking boldly.

Why don’t we ask?

  1. Ignorance
  2. Fear of rejection
  3. Low self esteem
  4. Do not want to bother God

What should we ask for?

  1. Ask for daily needs (Matthew 6:11)
  2. Ask for special needs
  3. Ask for revelation (Jeremiah 33:3)
  4. Ask for wisdom (James 1:5)
  5. Ask for your inheritance (Romans 8:16,17; Psalm 2:8)
  6. Ask for all things (2 kings 13:14 – 19)

God answers our prayers when:

  1. We ask for His commands (1 John 3:22)
  2. We do not ask with a wrong motive (James 4:3)

Do not limit God’s hands. Ask with a yearning and an expectant heart and whatever you ask you will receive.

When you ask; you move God’s hands, the same hands that shaped the universe!

Philippians 4:6 asks us to persevere when praying to God. We need to Pray Until Something Happens (PUSH). In Psalm 23 David talks about an overflowing cup meaning God will fill you to an overflowing capacity. That is how he intends to bless His children. When God blesses you in an overflowing capacity you will be a channel of blessing to others around you giving God all the glory! Maximise the revelation of God in you so that you may be blessed according to His riches in Glory through Christ Jesus!

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