Knowing God is based on an awareness of our own need. No one enters into a relationship with God from a position of strength. We come to God in our weakness and our sin. We have tried at life and failed. We don’t meet God at the level of our success; we meet Him out of our failure.
We’re not talking about a few slip-ups either. We’re talking about a constant awareness of the fact that we don’t have what it takes for life. We are not getting by with a little help from our friends; we’re not getting by at all. We are continually throwing ourselves at the mercy of God. Those who say Christianity is a crutch aren’t even close. It’s more like a wheelchair.
Thus the invitation of Jesus to ask, seek and knock. This is how we come to know God and experience His power in our lives.
Asking is humbling, right down to asking for directions, or asking for help, or how about simply reading directions — something my wife and son have a hard time doing, because they don’t have the patience to follow the instructions step-by-step. Asking is admitting the fact that we either don’t know, or we don’t have. And Jesus says that is a good place to be.
To not be in possession of what we need to know or have sets us up to receive from the Lord, and there is no better position to be in than to be living in complete dependence on Him. Spiritual power comes from depending on the Lord for everything. Every moment of every day, then, we ask as a way of life. Thus, for the follower of Christ, asking is a lifestyle. We ask out of a constant state of awareness of who we are and who He is.
Are we asking for specific things? Yes — things like strength, direction, understanding, love, patience — but basically, we’re asking for the Holy Spirit to be manifested in our lives. And asking is also nonspecific. It’s an attitude of dependence; it’s a palms-up way of life. Paul even says that we don’t always know what to ask for, but the Holy Spirit asks for us through inner groanings we can’t even utter.
So ask, and it will be given to you. What will be given to you? What the Lord knows you need. It may not always be what you asked for, but it will be what you really asked for in your spirit.
Learn to live palms-up.
And now at the end of all this asking, I’m going to ask you for a couple things. First, I’m going to ask you to take advantage of our prayer partners who are always asking the Lord on behalf of the rest of us for the things we know we need. Second, I’m going to ask you to become a MemberPartner by clicking on the open hands below. We are making a difference all over the world as we counsel those who can’t find solace anywhere else, and as we train others to be boots on the ground in love and compassion in over 140 countries. As MemberPartners you will have weekly and monthly updates and greater access to Marti and me through our weekly bag lunch chat. We are thrilled about where we are going and what we have in store, and we want you to be a more intimate part of the Catch.