Perhaps one of the toughest and yet simplest things is asking God. How many times have you heard somebody say, “You know, I just want to ask God …” or “When I find myself before Him, I just want to ask him …” I’ve heard it a fair few times, particularly from the television. Could asking God be that easy?
When I was attending a Christian telecast, there was a skit featuring the usual ways to pray. Sitting up, standing up and looking down, laying down, etc. each of them with a different attitude that made me wonder if God cared more about praying and less about the particulars of how and when.
James 4:1-3 tells us that: “1What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
In James 1:5-7, he also warned us – “5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”
So if asking God is an ordeal in itself, it seems that some of the problems are on our end. We must:
1.) Ask in the first place
2.) Ask with right motives – unselfishly
3.) Ask with belief
4.) Ask without a doubt