Asking

August 23, 1998
by Mary Daniel

John 16:24 – Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (NKJV)

A radio talk-show hostess was interviewing a blind athlete. I admire this particular interviewer, for she "knows her stuff", and she is sincere. She knows exactly the right questions to ask; how to ask them; and when to ask them. She can ask the toughest questions with the most compassion, and pertinent questions without seeming prying or nosy. Her audience is surely be left feeling all the questions that they would have liked answered, were, plus a few more.

The athlete, who was not blind from birth, said that one of the most important things she had learned was to ask for help when she needed it: help for things like crossing extremely busy streets. She said there were some crosswalks she simply would not attempt to cross on her own because the traffic was just too heavy and too fast. She said she will speak aloud, asking for help, and sometimes she waits out two or three lights before someone will help her. She does however, always get help; she just has to ask.

We too, must learn to ask. When we come to those "crosswalks" in our daily life that are just to "busy" to attempt alone, God will help us. He has said that when we ask in His name, we shall receive. Trouble is, we just may not be asking the right question, or in the right way. We may be asking for what we want, or think we should have; when we should be asking for what He wants for us. We may be asking for what we think we need, but only He knows what we need and He will answer accordingly.

When we ask, it may seem as if we're waiting for "two or three lights" but He always hears, and He will answer, when He knows we need to receive it, and God always knows whether or not we're sincere.

Prayer: We know you hear our every thought and prayer. May we strive to understand that your answer is what you know we need to hear. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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Mary Daniel <marydee@shaw.ca>
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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