Ask for What Though?
Author: Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS
I recall the many times I’ve read this verse;
Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
More often than not, if we are honest, we turn this verse inward about ourselves. We make it about our own desires.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with asking God for our personal desires – but how often do we prayerfully come together – and ask God to help us work peacefully with others?
Do we sincerely pray at work with coworkers when we need to make important decisions? Maybe you have a job where you cannot openly pray. I still believe God will honor your sincere prayer to have peace with coworkers if you pray and ask Him.
Do we sincerely pray with family and friends over important decisions before there’s conflict?
One of the reasons we see so much conflict in our world today is because we do not come together as a nation of people to corporately pray for our leaders. Instead, we make fun of them. We argue with people on social media about them. We post horribly mean pictures about them. We publicly wish for their death on social media.
And then we wonder why our world is in such a horrible state of affairs?
2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
It’s no secret that we are all selfish sinners who need to repent.
But what would happen if we put our selfish desires away and seek God for wisdom?
1 Kings 5:11-12 “and Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand cors of wheat as food for his household, in addition to twenty thousand baths of pressed olive oil. Solomon continued to do this for Hiram year after year. The Lord gave Solomon wisdom, just as he had promised him. There were peaceful relations between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty.”
I am not sure why we don’t take God at His Word.
He helps us learn how to live every single day when we pray and study His Word.
When we realize that God governs all we allow ourselves to remember that everything we do needs guidance from God. In all situations we need the hand of God upon it. Where there is confusion and strife we know it is because Satan is at work – but God will bring peace when we seek His wisdom through prayer.
Ask, says the Lord!
Ask for what?
Ask God to give you wisdom in all things.
Ask God to bring peace in all your situations.
Ask God to help you work peacefully with others.
Ask God to help you and others make wise decisions.
Ask God to give you peace in your family.
Ask God to wake up sleepy believers to pray for our leaders.
Ask God to convict our hearts when we live opposite of His Word!
Ask God to help us lead people into salvation.
Ask God – for all – because He knows all – and governs all.
Where we find peace – we find God!
~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS