Ask, and do not assume…hahaha. It’s always best if you ask, than keeping quiet and decide to make your own assumptions.
One of the purposes the Lord Jesus came to the planet earth is to get us out of the prison of ignorance. Many of us, we are destroyed for the lack of knowledge about God and His ways, about His grace and love for us, knowledge of hope, knowledge of how to receive from the Kingdom of God.
The Gospel, The Word of God, is the key to get us out of spiritual blindness and ignorance. That’s why we need to read it and get understanding of it. There are secrets from the Word of God that we need to discover and unfold for our benefits. Sometimes we can have sight but still can’t see, because we lack the inner sight, or insight of the things confronting us. The Bible says, in the book of Psalm chapter 119 verse 130 that “The entrance of The Word of God gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” Anytime you feel like you are in darkness, or having feelings of heaviness, discouragement, confusion or misunderstanding; just go to Google search engine and type Bible scriptures about spirit of heaviness, or discouragement, and so on. Then click the link of your choice, and read it. And as you read it, not only you will get understanding, but also you will feel a sense of relief and comfort from what you have read, perhaps you have got insight concerning your situation to help you deal with it. May be you just heard about a negative report, and you decided to read certain Bible passages, and it brought light and hope into your situation and then the whole atmosphere began to change for you for good. You now have peace, and hope, and solution of how you can solve your negative report. The Word of God not only is truth, but is powerful and can work miraculously for those who will choose to believe.
Okay, so why asking is a secret to success? Very recently I came to this Bible scripture in the book of Psalm chapter 2 verse 8 that says, “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.” And if you read the entire chapter 2, you will notice that it is the Lord Jesus Christ that was saying this through the prophet, the narrator of the book of Psalm chapter 2. Many say it was King David who wrote many of the books of Psalms.
If you read verse 7 and 8 together, it says, “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”
I read this Bible scripture before, but this time it hit me, and I said wow, how come I haven’t notice it before. A while ago, I shared that what the Lord Jesus says to one, many times He says to all; usually it applies to all, because God’s promises are for all of us to claim by faith. Even though this specifically Bible passage, it may refer to the Lord Jesus, but since we are in Jesus, and He is in us, and we are representing Him on earth as His followers and ambassadors, therefore it applies to us also. It was the Lord Jesus who said in the book of Matthew chapter 28 verses 18 to 20, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
So the Lord Jesus said, “I will declare the decree, The Lord has said to Me, Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.” It is also said the Psalms were recorded many years before The Lord Jesus came to the planet earth.
And it hit me, and I realized perhaps there are some things we would be able to receive from God, if we only dare to ask Him, and take them by faith. Why take them by faith after we ask? Well, because in the book of Mark chapter 11 verse 24, the Lord Jesus said “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
It’s possible that many times we do not have, because we have asked not, or maybe we did, but then ended up doubting before we could receive them. In the book of James chapter 1 verses 5 to 8 it says, “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, and He will gladly tell you, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him; He will not resent it. But when you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way and then that. If you don’t ask with faith, don’t expect the Lord to give you any solid answer.”
In the book of James chapter 4 verses 2 and 3, it says “You do not have, because you do not ask. And when you do ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives.”Sometimes we ask and not get because we asked with wrong intentions, or maybe what we ask is going to harm somebody else. Sometimes we do not get because we did not ask. It’s better to ask and get clear answers, rather not asking at all. A lot of us, many opportunities passed us by because we were afraid to ask, or we didn’t know we could ask. God wants us to be fruitful. The Lord Jesus said in the book of John chapter 15 verse 16 that “You didn’t choose me! I chose you! I appointed you to go and produce lovely fruit always, so that no matter what you ask for from the Father, using my Name, He will give it to you.”
In the book of 1 John chapter 5 verse 14 to 15, it also says “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.”
So let’s go back to Psalm chapter 2 verse 8, and see how it will sound for us when we put our requests to it; “Ask Me in prayer, and I will make you operate your business and ministry internationally…hahaha. Ask Me in prayer for big things, because I’m able to deliver. Ask Me for wisdom; it looks like you have been stranded…hahaha. Ask Me because I am able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).”
Maybe my question is, why would the Lord said ask? Does it mean, it’s very necessary to ask because if we won’t ask, we won’t be given? One thing I know is that, it’s better to ask than assuming things. I mean, instead of assuming for instance, that promotion at your office is yours; it’s best if you ask first for it so they may put you as a prospect candidate. The worst thing can happen if we ask is for them to say no. We all have been rejected at one point or another. It certainly won’t be our first no, or our last no, in life….hahaha, therefore we shouldn’t be afraid to ask.
Sometimes if we could only ask, things would have been different for us. With our loved ones for instance; if we could only ask what are they thinking, and how are they, instead of assuming things are continually normal. Hey, ask her to marry you to allow her to decide and confirm her feelings as well, and say yes.
With our businesses or ministries is another example; business experts say we should ask our customers for feedback because it will help improve our services. Feedback from our customers is necessary for our companies, or organizations success. There are several ways to do it; but one of them it could be to send them emails and questionnaires with questions such as what would they like to see more of, what’s the most important things to them, why they subscribed, are they satisfied with your services or products, what do they prefer? This will cause them to help you create and offer better products and services. Ask your audiences what they really want help with right now in areas you could help them. Ask them for their opinions. All these will be able to help you create offerings, services, or products that your audiences will love.
But you could also ask yourself ever day questions such as, what new opportunities are you creating for your business today? What are you doing today to get your business out there in front your audiences? How are you going to grow your business today? If you ask yourself right questions, you will probably find right answers.
So you can say, the art of asking is another secret to success, not just to our careers, but to our relationships, and in whatever other area of life we can think of, because you never know; you might get what you asked for.
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To your success,