Why Ask?

‭ “So I tell you: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” Luke‬ ‭11:9‬

Have you ever felt like you don’t hear from God when you ask or else don’t get what you ask for, so why bother? Although you might not say it out loud, maybe somewhere along the line you think too that there are some verses meant theoretically or for back then, but don’t apply now? That’s a good way to justify why the bible is not 100% literal while at the same time excusing one’s self from a deeper examination of what’s going, because it might require change, am I right?

So what is going on?

Today’s Oswald Chambers reading brings this verse to light. One thing he said caught my attention most:

“You have to knock with the crucified thief”

To me, this implies knocking in an attitude of reverence for Christ, with the realization that I am (or we are) bankrupt, having the mindset that we have no personal right to ask or demand anything. Life as we know it is behind us, and now here we are hanging in our sin with nothing of ourselves to offer.

So why ask?

It is a process in our journey with Him to learn to ask not for self-realization and fulfillment, but with a bowed heart, as an ambassador of the Kingdom, so that Christ may be glorified in the giving. The closer I get to the Lord in my relationship with Him, the more His will becomes my will.

What are you asking for? What are you seeking when you come to God? Why are you persistently knocking? Will Christ be glorified in the giving?

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