The Power of Asking and Receiving
“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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for these sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’ “Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs. “So I say to you: 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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
Power is defined as the rate of getting things done; vigour, strength, influence, authority,
To ask is to request, desire, call for, crave, require, beseech, beg…
Who you are dealing with determines the manner in which you ask. With asking comes specification, distinguishing and demarcation. AITEO and EROTAO are two Greek words that mean ask.
AITEO – more frequently suggests the attitude of a suppliant, the petition of one who is lesser in position than he to whom the petition is made. For example, a servant asking his master for something.
EROTAO – suggests that the petitioner is on a footing of equality or familiarity with the person whom he requests. It is used for a king making request from another King. All the requests of Jesus to the Father were made in this sense and we are joint heirs with Christ. So, our request is not as beggars but that of children to a loving Father.
What and how you ask for things from people depend on your relationship with them. For example, the way you will ask a stranger for assistance is not the way you’ll ask your father for assistance. With a stranger, you are very careful and only hoping he/she would say yes because no relationship exists between you and the person. Therefore, he/she does not have an obligation to help you, but with your father or mother, you are very quick to ask them and expect them to do everything in their power to support. The relationship that exists between you and the person and how you have nurtured it is a determinant factor in each case.
The relationship also gives you the boldness and scope for what you ask. You will think twice to ask a stranger to give you his/her car to use for some weeks while you fix yours, but with a close friend or your parent, you will be bold and assured to ask.
One of the reasons why many find it awkward and uncomfortable to ask God for certain things is because God is a stranger to them. This is also the root for their uncertainty regarding His possible response. You cannot have faith in a person you don’t know. Those that don’t know God but have the courage to ask are not sure if He would answer. They use phrases like if it is your will to prosper me, please bless me. In addition to their uncertainty, they resort to begging. Whereas, God is, all the while, waiting for them to call onto him so that he can bless them. To exercise the power to ask and receive, you need to have a solid basis. The nature of your relationship affects the magnitude of your asking power. In the above Scripture, Jesus implied that being a child of God gives you an open cheque to ask for anything and everything. However, our perception of God as being a distant Boss with better things on His mind other than your needs undermines your power to ask and receive because building an intimate relationship with such a person would be almost impossible. So my question is, what is your most dominant perception of God and how has that impacted on your walk with Him?
Some are of the opinion that you should never ask God for money, a spouse, a car, or any material things because that makes you materialistic. But the truth is God created material things for us to enjoy and most of the miracles that Jesus performed when He was on earth were material things. He healed the bodies of people, He fed people, He provided wine for people, and He provided money. He gave material blessing and spiritual blessing as well. So, if your car breaks down on the motorway and you have to catch a flight at the airport to go on a holiday with your family, please don’t feel guilty asking God to help you meet up with the flight. Don’t feel unspiritual to ask God to help you get your dream house. God answers prayers for material things as well as spiritual things.
The following are some important things to note about the power of asking and receiving:
- Medium for asking – words
- How to ask – in faith and boldness
- When to ask – anytime
- Why ask – God commands you to ask
- What to ask – whatever you desire
- Who to ask – your Father, God
For further study:
Mark 11:24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Personal declaration for the day:
I am joint heir with Christ Jesus therefore, I have confidence to ask and receive in Jesus name.
Questions for you to reflect on:
What is your most dominant impression about God?
What do you think you cannot or should not ask God?