The Lord asks the blind man what he wants, it was obvious, but He wanted the man to exercise faith by asking. He tells the king to ask Him for something, anything, and the king says “No, I don’t want to presume.” Then the Lord gets angry and says, “If I tell you to ask, it isn’t presumption if you do, it’s presumption if you don’t”. He says, “Don’t let your heart condemn you and question if you are saved or not, agree with me that I know more than you do, and I love you, because, if you wallow in self condemnation, you will have no confidence AND YOU WON’T ASK and if you don’t ask, YOU WON’T RECEIVE.
The Lord loves to raise passion and desire in our hearts so that when we receive from Him we are filled with gratitude and worship, and we will know that He cares and is intimately involved in our lives.
I had a “little” example of this the other day. (I don’t believe there are any truly little things, after all He counts the hair still left on my head.) I was riding my bicycle in the snow at 15 degrees and my ears were cold. I developed a desire for a hat with flaps, then I had a picture in my mind of one with red plaid, sort of a rugged woodsman’s hat. I went to Menards and was looking through their hats. No hats with flaps in sight. I was about to leave when I spied a bit of red flannel plaid deep under the pile and dug through. There was one and only one hat in the entire place which fit the description of what I was looking for; and the further proof of God’s care, it fit my head! I have always had trouble finding one that fit even with lots to pick from.
We already have so much from Him that we can be infinitely grateful no matter what we want or what we receive; still He seems to like to have us ask and receive for our needs. Sometimes He just wants us to desire, to pray , to work towards something and then leads in another direction. David wanted to build the temple but God said NO! but your son will. Yet David was able to gather the material. One man developed a desire to go the India and create a Jesus movie made by India people for Indian people. He got to India and found that a perfect movie had already just been made. He was puzzled , but God showed him that his real role was in organizing the distribution of the movie. Yet the desire was needed for God to guide him to the real need.
God loves passion, strong passion, over the top passion, to hate evil, hunger for righteousness, long for people to be saved and to grow, love his people, love Him with ALL our heart mind and strength, do everything with all our might,then ASK HIM for things in regards to these, especially MORE OF HIMSELF. I think we fear that, if we long for something and don’t get it right away, we will be miserable and angry at God. So we must start with being OK with what is , and OK with God’s timetable but full of passion nonetheless.
I once taught a sundayschool class and would split the whiteboard into PRAISES AND REQUESTS. People had lots of vague requests for health and things, none for more character and none for opportunities to witness to others, none for grace to overcome personal sin. Do we ask and receive not because we ask for the wrong things and for the wrong goals?
When is the last time you ASKED GOD for more of his character, for specific tools to carry out his work, for specific blessing on those around you especially on your enemies?