Do questions dog you, wake you up at night, and interrupt your thoughts? What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Do you know how to ask God for help?
Recently I’ve heard people wondering—
- If it’s safe to return to business?
- What’s the right medical protocol for my issue?
- Is it wise for my children and grandchildren to fly in for a visit?
- Does God want me to start a new project?
Even before the complications Covid-19 added, we faced questions that reached beyond our understanding. Where do you go for answers? We Google some questions, but Google can’t help with the personal queries that burden us.
Ask Google or God
Jesus had a connection better than any internet when He walked the earth. Before His incarnation, Jesus oversaw creation. He understood the inner workings of the universe better than anyone. With all that wisdom He relied on prayer.
After observing His prayer life, a disciple asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. If Jesus needed daily connection with His Father, then, certainly, we need it. In Luke 11:1-13, Jesus showed His disciples and us the art of asking.
Ask God—He’s Your Father
Luke 11:2-4 contains what many call the Lord’s Prayer. Let’s look at these familiar verses in relation to finding answers to our questions.
Jesus tells His disciples to call God “Father.” This speaks of our special relationship with God through Jesus. It also reminds us to approach God with childlike trust and humility.
We aren’t asking an impersonal computer or busy call center for help. We are approaching One who has a vested interest in us. One who counts us as part of His own family. How He cares for us reflects on Him (Ps. 23:3).
Some say we’re all God’s children. While God created all people, John 1:12 says only those who believe in His name have the right to be called His children.
If you have placed your faith in Jesus as your personal savior, then you have a Father who welcomes your requests. If you haven’t yet done that, He invites you to receive Jesus and become His child.
Remember God’s Nature When You Ask
Hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come” (NIV).
My husband is a seasoned relationship counselor. If I have a question dealing with people and relationships, I bring it to him. But I don’t ask him for technical support with my computer. He’s a counselor, not a techie.
Hallowed means holy. Our Father grants requests that line up with His nature. Remembering His holy nature automatically helps us eliminate foolish requests.
Does my request agree with God’s character?
Ask God for Daily Needs
Give us each day our daily bread” (NIV).
God provided daily manna for the Hebrews in the wilderness for 40 years. The people were to collect only what they needed for the day. A few foolish people stored some for the next day. The day-old manna was stinky and wormy.
So often we worry about tomorrow instead of trusting God today. God provides the wisdom, direction, and strength I need today. When tomorrow comes, the grace I need for that day will be there. Learning to look to God for my daily needs teaches me to trust Him and removes my fears of the future.
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Ask God with a Clean Heart—Forgiven and Forgiving
Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us” (NIV).
If we have trouble forgiving, we only need to remember how much God has forgiven us. Remembering the words, actions, or attitudes we wish we could retract keeps us humble before God and people. And by receiving God’s forgiveness, we have grace to extend to others. This clears any blocked channels so we can better hear from God.
Has unforgiveness hampered my connection to God? What do I need to confess and forsake? Who do I need to forgive?
A Different Kind of Protection
And lead us not into temptation.” (NIV).
God never tempts anyone (James 1:13). So why does Jesus include this?
It reminds us to ask for protection and to be aware of the danger of temptation. It’s not a sin to be tempted. Jesus was tempted, yet He never sinned (Heb. 4:15). But avoiding temptation is better than battling it.
I once read of a study where individuals were put in a room with a plate of fragrant chocolate chip cookies one at a time and told not to eat any. Other individuals were set in front of a plate of radishes and told not to eat.
Afterwards, both groups were given a set of problems to solve. Those who hadn’t exhausted themselves resisting the cookies spent more time solving the problems before they gave up. The researchers concluded that resisting temptation taxes our strength and energy.
When we put ourselves in positions to be tempted, whether in our thoughts or our circumstances, we drain strength and energy that could be channeled to more profitable endeavors. This includes avoiding the temptation to worry.
Jesus Promises—Everyone Who Asks Receives
Using a parable of contrast, Jesus shows the reward of bringing our requests to God. If a reluctant friend and faulty human fathers give good gifts to those who ask, how much more will our perfect heavenly Father answer us when we ask.
The Most Important Ask
Jesus concluded by telling His disciples to ask for the Holy Spirit. Today, the Holy Spirit indwells every believer (Rom. 8:9). But we still need to ask God to fill us afresh every day (Ephesians 5:18). Whatever fills us controls us. A person filled with worry acts very different from one filled with hope. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we manifest His fruit (Gal. 5:22-23), have the power to resist sin (Gal. 5:16), and understand His will for each day.
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