Asking Can Be Hard Day 6: Weekly Thoughts
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7, ESV)
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. (James 4:3, ESV)
This week, we’ve been looking at five different things we may ask: questions we may have, prayer for ourselves, marriage proposals, forgiveness and help. All of these are important, and the answers we receive will generally have a big impact on us. If we want to continue to learn or grow, we will need to ask questions. Too often, we shy away from asking things that may be difficult or challenging because we feel afraid.
In our relationship with the Lord, we are encouraged to ask questions. He wants us to search for the truth in order that we might know Him better and grow more spiritually mature. If we don’t seek answers to the questions we have regarding our faith, how can we expect to grow? The reality is that if we stop having questions, we must think we have it all figured out. None of us can claim to fully know and understand God and His Word, so we should continue to have questions. Where can the answers be found? Many times, we’ll find them for ourselves in God’s Word. Sometimes, we may need to bounce them off another solidly grounded believer. The point is that we continue to actively search and pray that God will reveal the answers we desire.
Asking questions can be hard. Asking for prayer or forgiveness can also be a challenge. Asking someone to spend the rest of their life with you is definitely a big deal. And some of us really struggle to ask for help. Growth comes about when we are willing to challenge ourselves to push beyond what we struggle with. The Lord is our Helper and Guide, and when we ask Him to lead us in the path He has for us, we will find answers to the things we desire to understand better.