Sometimes we have to make an “ASK” of ourselves. From personal experience, this is one of the most difficult things to do. It exposes our need and humbles our pride.
However, I do believe that many people take asking way too far. They either come at others with an atmosphere of entitlement or they forget that God is their ultimate provider. They knock on everyone’s door for help except for our God who makes all things possible according to His Kingdom (Matthew 19.26).
With that being said, I know that from the Scripture, God continually leads people into situations where they have to make an “ASK” of themselves.
Joseph asks Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer to remember him when he is restored to his position (Gensis 40.14). Moses asks for provisions from the people to build the Tabernacle (Exodus 25.2). David asks for food for himself from Ahimelech the priest (1 Samuel 21.3) and food for his soldiers from the rich man Nabal (1 Samuel 25.6-8). Elijah asks a destitute widow for a jar of water and some bread (1 Kings.17.11). Paul asks for donations for the Church of Jerusalem (1 Corinthians 16.1-4). And Jesus asks the Samaritan woman for a drink of water from the well (John 4.7).
God loves relationships, and He has formed us into a single unit (the Body of Christ), so we can serve others while also receiving help. Our “ASKS” will always be a part of God’s movement in our lives. I enjoy the story in Genesis of how Isaac obtains his bride, Rebekah. Through the setting, characters and plot of this beautiful drama, God shows us something truly powerful about the “ASK.”
Abraham asks his servant to find his son, Isaac, a wife from among his relatives. Therefore, the promise of future generations (Isaac) needs a wife (the platform for which the promise can manifest). The servant goes to the city of Nahor and prays to God to help make his matchmaking endeavor a success (Genesis 24.1-66).
Rebekah (who is the symbolic Platform) for Isaac (who is the symbolic Promise) arrives at the well, which is symbolic of God’s divine abundance. The setting is in place. We have all the counterparts ready. God has arranged all the players: God’s abundance, the Platform and the servant (symbolic of the Holy Spirit) who is working on behalf of the Promise. But everything hinges on one little thing: an ASK!
“Then the servant ran to meet her [Rebekah] and said, ‘Please give me a little water to drink from your jar'” (Genesis 24.17 ESV).
Because of the servant’s “ASK,” Rebekah sees the need and makes a choice to fill it (she offers water to the servant and the camels). And her service to the servant, ignites amazing blessings in her own life–she pretty much because rich, influential and adored overnight.
Although our continued prayers, petitions and requests must be offered to God, the Supreme Giver (see the Parable of the Persistent Widow–Luke 18.1-8), the Holy Spirit will move us to make and “ASK” of ourselves to others.
I think maybe our “ASK” shows our humanity (we are creatures that receive everything) and our humility (we willingly let go of our pride to show our need for something greater than ourselves). And this little “ASK” directed and prepared by the Holy Spirit allows the well of God’s abundance to pour forth in our lives. So we can make an “ASK” of ourselves, knowing that God has placed our blessing on the other side of our humility.
“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14.13-14 ESV).