The Fruit of Asking
This past week, I had the privilege of helping at our church conference. Although I did not really get to participate in everything that was going on, I was blessed by the people who approached me. One of these was a girl around the same age as me. She had some insights to share.
She visualized a picture of a tree that was dropping fruit. Every time we walked past this tree, its fruit would drop. This idea took root. So much so, that it compelled me to write about the fruits of asking. You see, this whole week I have been challenged on the topic of asking God for what I need. How do I ask the Lord for help?
But the imagery described by this new friend illustrated how God is able to provide us with the fruit we need even before we ask. Still, how to ask God was my focus? Please note that we are not talking about God handing out grapes and bananas (or some other type of fruit) on a whim here. Rather, I’m talking about when there is something I need in my life, how should I ask my Saviour for it? What did I discover from reading His Word? The answer is simple. We just need to ask in the name of Jesus. (John 14:14)
Moreover, Matthew chapter seven states: “Ask, and it shall be given you. Seek, and ye shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks, it shall be opened. What man is there of you, whom if his son asks for bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore, all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:7-12)
The Lord God desires that we who believe in Him by faith – as sons and daughters of the Most High King — ask Him to supply our needs. In families, for example, a child has no problem asking their parents for something they need. By the same token, when Jesus said: “Henceforth, I call you not servants, for the servant knows not what his lord doeth, but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father, I have made known unto you,” we should be jumping for joy. (John 15:15)
Therefore, do any of you need wisdom or knowledge? The Bible states: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all [men] liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5) Why?Because “the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be in treated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17)
So, if you have a need, ask for it. Know that Jesus will provide your every need. He readily gives us His wisdom and knowledge that teaches us in all things.
So when it comes down to not knowing where the finances are coming from and they are needed desperately, ASK. Or, if you don’t know where to go next, ASK. If you are facing depression or an illness, ASK for His joy and hope and peace. If the burden is just too much to handle, ASK for the weight to be lifted off your shoulders, knowing that His love for us is absolute and yet immeasurable.
In my own life, I find that it’s stepping stones that He gives me. Others may experience His love differently. Nevertheless, Jesus told us to have faith in God … “for verily I say unto you – that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, “Be thou removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he said.” Therefore, I say unto you, “What things so ever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:22-25)
Lastly, know that we do not need to work for His love. In fact, we can’t. The price of our sin was paid for once and for all when Jesus shed His precious blood on the cross. Therefore, let’s get to know Him in the same way that He desires to know us. Ask Jesus into your heart today, and love Him for who He is. He never fails. Indeed, He gives us what we need out of love because HE IS love. You can’t ask for anything better.
“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)