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Ask

It seems like a lifetime ago, but I guess it was not that long ago that my oldest son was a toddler. He was one of those little ones that really didn’t want to speak. If he wanted something he usually just pointed and grunted. Pretty much like adult males today. The truth is his mom and I almost always knew what he wanted, but if we just got it for him when he pointed and grunted then there really was not any reason for him to learn to talk. We took him to speech therapy, and we learned to withhold what he wanted until he at least made some effort to communicate what he wanted. It worked, maybe a little too well. Once you get a kid talking you can never get them to quit.  

In my devotions this morning in Luke 11 the disciples noticed Jesus prayed all the time. They also noticed that they really did not know how to pray very well or maybe even not at all. They asked Jesus to teach them. Guess what, Jesus taught them. This is an important lesson for us to catch here. I never read where Jesus told His disciples, “too bad, you should already know how to pray.” NO, Jesus took the time to teach them. In essence He answered their prayer. 

The Lord knows what we need even before we do but like as parents, we really want to hear it from our children. I fear that we have made praying so much more difficult than it really is. Jesus tells us in Luke 11:9-10 that “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.” Now we know that Jesus is not giving us a blank check. He doesn’t just give us all we want. Jesus isn’t a genie in a bottle. What He is saying is that He loves us, and for those things that draw us closer to Him, makes us stronger in our faith, all we need to do is ask.

If you are walking a dry path and in need of a touch from God, try praying and asking. I am pretty sure He will answer such a prayer.