The Power of Ask

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The Power of Ask

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Here are a few thoughts I gathered from the Word and in prayer about the power of ASK. It is hard to do, but commanded again and again as Jesus’ way of receiving. This is difficult in the western culture, because we’re taught so much to be self reliant and self dependent, but God is looking for us to be fully dependent on him!

“ASK” –  (MY DEFINITION)

Seek for a request to be fulfilled / seek an answer / to confidently make a request or need known / desire / require / inquire / seek permission / demand / audibly press / insist / look for something / finding or looking for a specific wish to be granted

ASKING – Takes humility, need, dependency, trust, you have to “become as a child” (Matt. 18:3) / unable to do on our own – we need another

person’s help / makes us vulnerable- maybe rejected, if we are refused? /

Yet, Paul says, “Your strength, O Lord, is made perfect in my weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9) (“Your ability is perfected in my inability”)

 

“ASK” – HOW? 

Boldly – Heb. 4:16 – come boldly before the throne of grace)

Thanksgiving – Phil. 4:6-7 – with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God

Faith – James 1:5 – ask in faith, or we are double- minded / don’t waver / Mark 11:23-24 – we can move mountains when we ask in FAITH / Heb 11:6- without faith, we can’t please Him

Persistently – James 5:16 / Luke 18

Confidently – Rom. 4:17 / Heb. 10:23-35

Expectantly – Believe you HAVE received, and you will have those things you ask for.

 

PEOPLE RECEIVE BECAUSE THEY ASK

JAIRUS’ DAUGHTER received healing – he threw himself at the feet of Jesus, and ASKED Him to come to his house.

CENTURION received healing for his servant, because he ASKED Jesus to heal him

FATHER received healing for his epileptic son, because he ASKED the disciples, who then brought him to Jesus to deliver him.

SYRO-PHOENICIAN WOMAN received deliverance for her demon possessed daughter, because she ASKED Jesus for deliverance

BARTIMAEUS received healing for his blind eyes,…. Jesus ASKED him – “tell me what you want me to do for you”…and he did

ISRAEL was told to ASK the Egyptians for their wealth, upon leaving Egypt, and they received it – plundering their captors and then being delivered.

Moses ASKED the Egyptians for their wealth- and they gave it

Moses ASKED Pharaoh to let the Israelites go… he finally did (with much persuasion!)

LUKE 18- the woman persisted in pounding – ASKING for her wish to be granted, and because she never gave up, it was granted her.

God calls this FAITH (persistence) Luke 18:1-8

“…yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.

And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will He delay long over them? I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Acts 3:12 – The crippled man received his healing at the gate beautiful because he ASEKD for something

I Chron. 4:10 – PRAYER OF JABEZ – Jabez received what he ASKED for….

Matt. 7:7 – KEEP ON ASKING, KEEP ON SEEKING, KEEP ON KNOCKING – present tense, continuous, persistent, relentless

 

ASK VERSES (Just a few)

Exodus 3:21-22 – And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”

Ruth 3:11 And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman.

1 Kings 3:5 – At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.”

2 Kings 2:9 – When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”

1 Chronicles 4:10 – Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.

2 Chronicles 1:7-12 – Solomon Prays for Wisdom

In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.”  God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.”

Psalms 2:8 – Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,

and the ends of the earth your possession.

Isaiah 45:11 – Thus says the Lord,

the Holy One of Israel, and the one who formed him:

“Ask me of things to come;

will you command me concerning my children and the work of my hands?

Isaiah 65:1 – Judgment and Salvation

I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me;

I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me.

Zechariah 10:1 – The Restoration for Judah and Israel

Ask rain from the Lord

in the season of the spring rain,

from the Lord who makes the storm clouds,

and he will give them showers of rain,

to everyone the vegetation in the field.

I said, “Here I am, here I am,”

to a nation that was not called by my name.

Ezekiel 36:37-38 – “Thus says the Lord God: This also I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: to increase their people like a flock. Like the flock for sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

Matthew 18:19 – Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

Matthew 7:7-11 – Ask, and It Will Be Given

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Matthew 21:22 – And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Mark 6:23 – And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.”

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Luke 11:9-13 – And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

John 11:22 – But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”

John 14:13-14 – 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 14:16 – And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,

John 15:7 – If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:16 – You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

John 16:23-24 – In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

John 16:26 – In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf;

John 17:15 – I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.

John 17:20 – “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,

James 4:2-3 – You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

James 1:6 – But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

1 John 3:22 – and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

1 John 5:14-15 – And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

1 John 5:16 – If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.

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