Always Ask (#984)

Always Ask (#984)
Welcome! Our first fellowship of the new year, and as we were kidding each other before I turned the recorder on, 2020 is the year for great vision. And we’re glad we can have such great vision and what we are going to talk about today is something we touch on now and then, but we haven’t had a whole session on it for quite awhile. About the importance of asking. We all know people who like to ask for stuff; I know people that ask me for so many things that frankly they become very annoying. Even if they know I’m not going to give it to them, they will ask me for silly things just to be annoying. So it has its limits, but in general, you have to ask for stuff. ‘You, need help; you ask for help. You’re at the store and can’t find something you ask somebody. If there is something you want to accomplish, some project; and you can’t figure it all out, you ask somebody that knows more than you do. And asking is important. And we know it works with people, we know it works when you want to order a a sandwich at a restaurant, we know it works in many, many categories of life; it also works with God. And some want to people say: God just knows; He’ll just give you stuff, why should you bother. And there are verses that talk about how God knows, the hairs of your head are numbered and God knows what you need. And that is absolutely true, but He also tells us to ask. You go into a restaurant and they may have a hundred things on the menu, but unless you are somebody like me or my parents that always order the same thing, and you got the same waiter every time, they’re generally not just going to put the food down in front of you — you have to ask. And the only reason they do that is because twenty times you did ask for the same thing and they sort of got used to you. But you have to ask and God wants us to ask. We have the freedom of will to ask and He wants us to. God is not going to control your life and decide everything you should have and just throw it in front of you. There are a lot of things He will do for you, but they’re generally because we ask. OK, let’s start in Judges…

As taught by Bruce Mahone.  20200112.  All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Judges 3:9, 15          When the children of Israel cried unto the Lord (asked), God raised them up a deliverer
I Kings 3:5, 9-10      Solomon asked for an understanding heart (vs. 9)
II Chronicles 20:1-4 All Judah gathered to ask help of the Lord
Psalms 105:40        The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven
aiteo – ask, request, require, demand
Matthew 6:1-8        Your father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him (vs. 8)
Matthew 7:7-11      Ask and it shall be given unto you (Luke 11:9-13 – holy spirit)
Matthew 21:22       And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive
John 14:12-14         If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it
John 15:16               Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name
John 16:23               We can go right to the source when we ask!
Ephesians 3:20       He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think
James 1:5-6             If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God
I John 3:22               Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments
I John 5:13-15         If we ask anything according to his will, he heareth…we have the petitions [requests] that we desired
Always Ask (#984)

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