Ask…

Ask…

We ask for many things. Things we don’t own, things we own but don’t have it or can’t find it when needed. Like there are many things we ask for. But there is a limit on asking things on others. For example We can’t ask personal things to strangers and however close you are to your friends you won’t ask your friend to give their property to you. Likewise there is a limit on asking things.

But when we look in Bible we see a loving father God who is always ready to give anything to His children whatever they ask for.

Psalms 2:8 says-“Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” (Psalm 2:8 NIV)

And in New Testament we see

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7, 8 NIV)

Jabez is a very small character mentioned in Bible. There’s only two verses on him.

“Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.” (1 Chronicles 4:9, 10 NIV).

See only two verses but when we read this portion we understand Jabez was not a great or noble man by birth. Bible scholars say he might be disabled or was deformed by birth. His mother called him pain and he was a mock to everyone. But he was not ready to contain in what he was and so he cried to the God of Israel to bless him and to enlarge his territory, to be with him and keep away from harm and God heard his prayers and granted his request.

When we look into the 1 Chronicles 2:55 we see God blessed him so immensely that he was brought up as a city from which great scientists of those days came from.
‘and the clans of scribes who lived at Jabez: the Tirathites, Shimeathites and Sucathites. These are the Kenites who came from Hammath, the father of the Rekabites.’ (1 Chronicles 2:55 NIV).

In Genesis we see Abraham who obeyed God and left everything and set forth to a place he never seen before.
“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.” (Genesis 12:1-4 NIV)

Abraham obeyed God and God blessed him immensely with great wealth, animals and lots of lands. Many nations emerged from his generations.
“The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” (Genesis 13:14-17 NIV)

Look at Samson. He was of great strength and nobody could fight and overcome him. He once had a fight with Philistians and he had no weapon with him. He found a fresh jaw bone of a donkey on the ground and using that piece of bone he killed 1000 Philistians and put them in two piles of 500 each. But later Philistians found the secret of his strength lied in his hair and they shaved his head while he was sleeping and they made him a slave. They gouged his eyes out and made him a slave in a prison to grind grains.
“Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison.” (Judges 16:21 NIV). Then when it was their festival they brought Samson to make him dance for them and Samson asked God to give him back his strength for one more time and God gave him his strength back.

“Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, “Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.” When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying, “Our god has delivered our enemy into our hands, the one who laid waste our land and multiplied our slain.” While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them. When they stood him among the pillars, Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.” Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.” (Judges 16:23-30 NIV)

James 1:5 says- “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” And we all know the third king of Israel son of the Great King David King Solomon was only 12 years old when he was anointed as the King of Israel. He was in no position to rule the land of Israel. But God appears to him In a dream and asked what he needs and he replied he need wisdom to rule over his kingdom. God was very pleased in him and blessed him with great knowledge and wisdom that no man in the world was born as wise as him till today. King Solomon wrote 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs. And he wrote books on science on biology.

“That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” (2 Chronicles 1:7-12 NIV)

“He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.” (1 Kings 4:32-34 NIV)

We saw certain people from Bible on different backgrounds who when asked God, God blessed them with great wealth, power, knowledge according to the need of each person.

Coming in New Testament we see same promise is given to us in several parts of Bible.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7, 8 NIV)

Again it’s been mentioned in many verses which are given below that if we ask without doubts, with full faith, forgiving others, in unity, leading a Godly life as He wishes by obeying his commandments and it’s for the glory of God, god will grant us all we ask in Jesus name.

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19 NIV)

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22 NIV)

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. ” (Mark 11:24, 25 NIV)

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13, 14 NIV)

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7 NIV)

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.” (John 15:16, 17 NIV)

“In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (John 16:23, 24 NIV)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:5-8 NIV)

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17 NIV)

“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.” (1 John 3:21-23 NIV)

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14, 15 NIV)

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