Read: Psalm 2:8
Ask of Me and I will surely give you the nations as your inheritance.
Reflect: Ask of Me. The Kingdom of God is built on the principle of asking. But many of us struggle with asking, seeing it as a weakness rather than a strength. Asking takes the issue out of my hands and puts it into His. Asking kills self-reliance and teaches me to rely on Jesus. James Gilmore, a British missionary to China once said,
“…Surely a day asking of God to overrule all events for good is not lost. Still there is a great feeling that when a person is praying they are doing nothing, and this feeling makes us give undue importance to work, sometimes even to the hurrying over or even to the neglect of prayer.”
We are in danger everyday of not trusting God, not relying on Him. It is so easy to rely on myself, but it is never going to build my spirit. I only grow spiritually by relying on Him. Can’t God still do today what He did for Elijah and Elisha? For Peter and Paul? Is His ability to help us and move our mountains less than it was then?
God still works today as He did in the days of old, by prayer. Prayers move God to move in situations and circumstances, but we must decide that asking is the condition of God moving. When we throw up weak and thoughtless prayers all we are really saying is we don’t really believe God cares and will move. But when we go to His throne with confidence asking specifically for the things we need to see Him do today, we position ourselves for Him to move.
Asking is a condition of dependence. And dependence on God moves His heart to enter into our circumstances however difficult they may be.
James 5:17-18 tells us; Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.
Elijah was a prophet and a powerful one at that, yet the Bible makes clear he was human like us, but when he asked His Father changed his world. If you doubt that you could actually make a difference today ask the Holy Spirit to reveal His desires to you. The Holy Spirit has the power you and I lack when we come to prayer; the power to believe beyond ourselves, the power to engage Satan when he confronts us or our family. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of prayer we all need when asking seems beyond us.
Father, teach me to ask, to never be ashamed to ask. To come to you with confidence that you care and you listen and that you Holy Spirit want to empower me to pray and ask with a boldness I have never known. Today I ask, touch me and empower me to pray.