Don’t Forget to Ask

by APC on February 17, 2016

In life, have you ever been faced with a situation where you thought to yourself, “I wish I would have asked…” Was it a free upgrade to first class the person behind you got? Was it the free hanger you could have kept when you bought that new suit? Or, when paying cash, was it the “hidden” $200 discount you missed out on?

Whatever the case, in life we all have various regrets—some of which centralize around our failure to ask in numerous situations. We’re left wondering what could have been if we had just opened our mouths.

In Scripture, we read about a leper who came to Jesus and said, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou cast make me clean” (Matthew 8:2, KJV). He believed if He asked to be cleansed, Jesus would do it! We find that Jesus did indeed respond: And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed (Matthew 8:3, KJV).

We can learn a fruitful lesson from this setting of Scripture. If we just open our mouths and ask, we can have it! Additional Scriptures reveal this truth—everyone who asks will receive, seeks will find, and knocks will have a door opened (Matthew 7:7–8). Furthermore, we’re told whatever we ask, believing, we will receive (Matthew 21:22).

However, even when we exercise faith and ask God to meet a need, we sometimes miss out. How or why do we miss out? When we don’t have faith to believe God can do more! Scripture says God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).

Now, back to the leper…

Before we completely pat this guy on the back for having enough faith to ask to be cleansed, let’s stop and think for a minute. Why did he just ask to be cleansed?

We find another story in Scripture where 10 lepers were cleansed but one was made whole (Luke 17:12–19). The difference? Nine were just made clean so they could return to their families and not infect anyone with their disease. Only 1 was completely cured from leprosy, and was preserved back to his original state—all evidence of leprosy vanished! The leper in our story in Matthew 8 wasn’t made whole. Why? Because he didn’t ask!

We’ve got to stop cultivating a mindset that God can only do “so much.” A level of faith has to rise up in us when we make a petition to God. God will sometimes go the extra mile to show that He is God. But, most of the time, He will only act according to our faith (Matthew 9:29).

If we have faith God will perform a miracle in our situation, He will do it. But, if we believe He can only patch up a problem, or pick up the pieces, that may be just all He’ll do. We can miss out on a blessing when we don’t ask. But, we also will miss out on so much more when we don’t ask in faith.

Preachers say often, “if your dreams don’t scare you, then they’re not from God.” I’ll venture to say if your prayers don’t scare you, then they’re not from God. God gave every man a measure of faith (Romans 12:3), so let’s use it! Don’t forget to ask, but more importantly, ask according to your faith!