Published June 18, 2013
On my way home from work, I drove to the bank to make a deposit. I used the drive-through window and when the teller completed the transaction, she asked, "Do you need anything else?"
"Yes," I responded. "Could I have a lollipop?"
She laughed, asked what color I wanted and included the lollipop with the banking transaction papers. I thought about how many times I had done the bank run and left without the lollipop.
There is a spiritual application here. In James 4 we are told, "You do not have because you do not ask." How many times do we face difficult situations and never ask for God's help? How many times do we lack wisdom because we've not asked for it? How many times do we lack peace, because we try to summon the strength to be at peace rather than ask the Lord for it?
After the recent tornados in Moore, Oklahoma, a lady was standing in the rubble of what had been her home talking with reporters. She was asked what she was doing now. She said she was looking for her dog, who, she suspected, was in the rubble somewhere. But, while she was talking on camera, the TV crew's producer noticed some movement in the rubble. It was the lady's dog, which was quickly rescued from the debris. The woman, overjoyed, said, "I thought the Lord answered just one prayer for my safety. Obviously," she said while hugging her seemingly uninjured little dog, "He answered two."
Isn't that just like the Lord? He doesn't give us just what we need. He gives us exceedingly above what we need. Why? It's just because He loves us.
So, ask the Lord to give you what you need. Be specific. You might not only get the lollipop, but it might be the color you like the most. You might have your life spared, as well as the life of your best friend. You might get what you need to make it through a tough situation, as well as that part that makes it above and beyond what you could think or ask.
"You do not have because you do not ask." Ask.
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