So why don't we ask God for things? Here are some possibilities.
- Our requests seem too trivial to bother him with.
- We're protecting ourselves from disappointment and doubt.
- We feel like we're being discontented, selfish or greedy.
- We assume our prayers can't affect his sovereign plan.
- We think we can handle it ourselves.
- We assume he is unwilling or unable to help.
So why ask God for things - even trivial things, even things we're uncertain he wants us to have? Here are some reasons.
- God encourages us to ask (Eph 6:18).
- When we ask, we're treating God as a Father who loves to meet our needs (Matt 7:11).
- Asking is a step towards relationship, not a step away from it.
- It's better to ask and deal with our disappointment and doubt if he says "no" then never to ask anything at all - at least we're dealing with God, not ignoring him!
- Asking is an expression of dependence: when we ask, we're relying on God rather than ourselves.
- If we don't ask, we won't receive (Lk 11:9-10).
- Our prayers are part of Gods' sovereign plan, even if we can't understand how (Jn 5:14-15, Jam 5:16).
- God wants us to pour out our need and our hearts to him (as the Psalms show).
- Asking is the solution to anxiety (Phil 4:6).
- God promises to listen attentively to our prayers (Ps 34:15).
- Our faith, joy and thanksgiving increase when we see God answer our prayers (1 Thess 5:16-18).
As we grow, our prayers will grow too; but God wants us to come as we are, trusting he will hear us, like children to their father.
Why do you think we don't ask God for things? Why does it matter?
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