Ask

I have been doing a lot of studying lately. Studying the bible and scriptures, christian articles, journals, and such. I have also been more prayer focused. I used to say it was hard for me to be quiet and listen for God to speak to me, but have discovered that I don’t really need quiet at all. I just need to fill my heart with more of Him, and He talks to me all day. See, if my focus is on Him, He will quiet my heart and speak to me when necessary. Sometimes He gives me clarity of thought, or sends a scripture in my head. Have you ever had a moment that you sensed you had lived it before, or a coincidence that was in your face bold. Christian author Beth Moore calls those God Stop moments. Even the simple act of recognizing that He is in it, is giving Him praise that He deserves.
I really got off on a tangent there. The message of this post was supposed to be about prayer. Do you ever find yourself rambling on and on, with “Lord, I just ask that you would?” Well, Jesus said in Matthew 7:7-“Ask and it will be given to you.” I read an interesting article about asking God with a question mark. When we ask with a question mark, we expect to receive an answer. Let me give an example. If I have a friend that I would like to go to lunch with, I could ask her in one of two ways. Can you meet me for lunch tomorrow, or I just ask that you would meet me for lunch. I know that with the first, I will receive an answer. Granted, it may not be the answer that I am looking for, but an answer will be given. The second option is weak and open ended. When we ask with a question, we are submitting, turning it over. Isn’t that what God asks us to do?

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  1. Niki

    Hi Jen! Welcome to the blogosphere. I found you through Abi’s blog. I also noticed that you link to GraceReign. Abi and Paula are two of my bestfriends and I’m so blessed to live near them. I just wanted to say hello and I was wondering if I knew you. Indianapolis is a big place, but you never know…;) I lived there from 1999 – 2002, as a youth minister’s wife. I attended BSF in Greenwood. I miss the Children’s Museum terribly. I still have a lot of friends there. I’d love to have a new one. So welcome, and I hope you stop by my blog sometime.

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