Quite a few times, I have forgotten the difference between asking God and being assured that God already knows what I want.
And today, I was reminded of the difference.
If you’ve been a follower of Christ for some time and wondered why your life seems to be at a stall, perhaps you have to recall the last time you asked the hand of God to move into your situation.
Have you stopped asking the Lord about things these past few days, months, or even years? If you find yourself nodding, here are helpful scriptures to help you remember the power of asking the Lord in prayer.
(The following verses are from our Wired Professionals Fellowship sermon series, Favored!)
When you want to receive a favor, ask:
And he said, “If now I have found favor and lovingkindness in Your sight, O Lord, let the Lord, please, go in our midst, though it is a stiff-necked (stubborn, rebellious) people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your possession.”
Exodus 34:9 AMP
You do not have it because you did not ask God:
What leads to [the unending] quarrels and conflicts among you? Do they not come from your [hedonistic] desires that wage war in your [bodily] members [fighting for control over you]? You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your lust goes unfulfilled; so you murder. You are envious and cannot obtain [the object of your envy]; so you fight and battle. You do not have because you do not ask [it of God].
James 4:1-2 AMP
You might be asking the wrong things; that’s why you don’t have what you ask for:
You ask [God for something] and do not receive it, because you ask with wrong motives [out of selfishness or with an unrighteous agenda], so that [when you get what you want] you may spend it on your [hedonistic] desires.
James 4:3 AMP
And always remember that God fulfills the desires of those who seek Him:
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience]; He also will hear their cry and will save them.
Psalm 145:19 AMP