“You have not because you ask not.” – James 4:2b, NIV
“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.” – Luke 11:9, NIV
There are so many verses in the bible that tell us to ask God. But have you ever wondered what God means when He said, “ask”?
Ask yourself, “How do I ask God?”
“Do I ask with a ready answer in place?”
“Do I ask with eager expectation?”
“Do I ask and wait for an answer?”
“Do I ask and then leave only to do things my way?”
How do you ask?
I believe when God tells His people this, He meant His people to approach His throne with utmost respect and desperation. Bearing in mind that He is an all-knowing God. He knows your past, present and future. He knows what is best for you. Therefore, ‘asking’ in this aspect is a desperate action as if you’re asking Him to spare your life – empty-handed, nothing to boast about, no agenda, no hidden motives…. nothing!
Asking Him in complete surrender and full dependence on His direction, wisdom and provision – believing that without Him, you can do nothing!
“You have not because you ask not.”
If perhaps, you are still holding on to something. He cannot give you the answer because you are holding on to an ‘answer’ – which you expect God to concur or approve. If that is the case, then He’s not an all-knowing God at all! He is supposed to be the one to give you the answer, and then you concur and obey – NOT the other way around.
What do I do now?
Well, give up your game and then ask Him. When you do, be ready to receive the answer and obey Him.
“Ask and you shall receive.” – Matthew 7:7
Yes, you shall indeed receive because He who promised is faithful.