Ask and receive? My Grandpa always kept a stock of worms in a pail down by his dock. I remember an instance long ago when he grabbed a worm, baited his hook and then walked away leaving me with a bobber, lead sinker and a very lonely hook. “What about me?” I said. He glanced back as he swung his line out into the water. “You didn’t ask.”
Think about it. Why do we have to ask for things, especially when it’s obvious we’re in need? And, in the case of God, when He already knows what we need before we ask?
God’s Word tells us: “‘Woman,[a] why do you involve me?’ Jesus replied. ‘My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’” (John 2:37).
We pray. “Heavenly Father, Thank You that You always fulfill Your plans and purposes in Your perfect timing. Thank You for a sinless life so that You could redeem us by Your precious blood. achieved. Thank You that my times and my future are safe in Your hands and asking only that we ask in Jesus name.” In Jesus name. Amen.”
My Grandpa knew what I needed and his intention was to give me that. Yet, he went through the exercise of requiring the ask first. He knew that I owed him the respect and that my asking would help me discover someday what I would expect of my grandsons. God knows what we want and need and is willing, even before we ask, to comply. He expects His due, our worship, without which any gift we might receive from Him would be meaningless anyway. It’s all in the ask!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34)