You Have Not Because…

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The other day I was with a group of friends in church going on and on about our plans for the week. Another friend walked in and randomly asked me for chocolate, well, I had a piece in my bad, so I reached out for my bad, took it out and handed it to her. The rest of the team started airing their frustrations, the complaints ranged from why I had not thought about them all that time we had been together, to why her to that is so unfair, to next time you should bring for everyone. I quickly thought of James 4:2-3 ‘You have not because you ask not’ there was no better come back for this.

We have been told that God answers in many ways; he says yes, no or wait; for different reasons. I have come to thank God for all the answers He gives when I ask because He knows best and things always turn out for my good when He is in charge. It does not mean that we always get exactly what we pray for when we pray for it, for me, many times God says no and gives me something bigger that I was not wise enough to ask. Take the example of my first job, I had to wait for a while and I had almost given up on it, then God opened the door at a perfect time. Then there are things I have been asking for years and I am still waiting; not easy but possible through Christ who gives me strength.

Before we analyze how God answers or try predicting when He will answer us, we must play our part: Our part is asking. Believe it or not, most of us are like my friends in the first paragraph. We spend a lot of times ranting why someone has been given, we vent on how life has been unfair, we get jealous of other people’s blessings, we make a lot of noise about what we deserve and what should be done, and forget the most important thing: Asking. The place of asking should not be neglected. As much as our father knows our needs before we even mention them, as much as he discerns our thoughts from a far, we should keep asking. His word is true. ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you’ Matthew 7:7

Let us not be too busy or too lazy to ask. As much as you keep sharing with your friends, you keep posting on social media, you keep writing them down, please do not forget to intentionally take it to the Lord in prayer. There is nothing too big for our God, and there’s nothing too small that you can handle on your own. We all need God, so let us ask. Ask with the right motives, ask with thanksgiving, ask by faith, ask without giving up and trust that He hears you and He will give you what is best for you. “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:22

So what do you desire God to do for you? Have you asked Him?


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