I preached on these verses over the weekend:
“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.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
As I was preparing the text I found myself thinking “But there are some things that this doesn’t apply to.” I was thinking about asking God for fancy cars, money and general bling. All of which I am still sure this text doesn’t apply to. But as I kept thinking I found myself rationalizing this text away. I was thinking that there were so many good things I was saying this couldn’t apply to.
This can’t mean that if we ask God for revival in our land he would do it.
This can’t mean that if we ask God for healing of this sin or sickness he would do it.
This can’t mean that if we ask God for spiritual renewal in our church he would do it.
I mean those things seem so big!
I know what you are thinking “In his sovereignty God may or may not bring those things to pass” Totally and 100 percent agree.But, have we used God’s sovereignty to negate us asking big things of God? Have we, in our cultural and theological conservatism, really undermined this text and undermined the character of God as revealed in this text?
Our charismatic brothers and sisters seem to believe this text more than I do. They not only believe it intellectually but they believe it in action and prayers. We see this in the things they try to do for God and the types of prayers they pray.
I need to learn from my charismatic brothers and sisters in this area.
Do you too?