This week I want to talk a bit about prayer, but in particular I want to talk about making your needs known to God. Obviously being omniscient God knows our needs, as shown in Matthew 6, but we are also told to ask Him.
2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
This verse is pretty clear in stating we do not have what we need/want simply because we haven’t asked. Can it really be that simple?
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
I think we can often have different reasons for not outright telling God what we want. Sometimes we may feel like we are not worthy to ask for such a thing, but God wants us to talk to Him and to tell Him what we want. A lot of us in a way are a bit like pouty kids when it comes to this. You know, you dont want to outright ask for what you want, but instead you just act as if your parents should already know, then when we don’t get what we want we are upset about it.
Well we need to make our desires clear because as the next verse says:
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
You know who is really good at telling you what they want? Babies. I have been learning this myself lately. They don’t have a way to obtain things on their own are forced to rely on their parents for everything. At the early stages of life literally the only tool they have at their disposal is their voice, and boy do they use it.
They do their best to let us know “Hey! I need attention here!”, yet as adults we can fail at this basic communication.
Have you come before God and let Him know what you need?