by Mark Baker

Why Ask?
Mark Baker
James 4:2

Matthew 6:7 But when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

Here Jesus was teaching on the subject of prayer. This was His lead in to the Lords prayer.
Before He taught us what to pray He also told us how not to pray. We are told not to pray repetitively. He said they think they will be heard for their many words, or volume of words. He said do not be like them. However we see that many Christians do this very thing by praying the same thing over and over thinking that they will be heard because of their repetition. Let's take heed to the words of Christ and realize this is not how we should pray.

The question I want to ask is why would we need to ask if our Father already knows the things we need? He knows all things. He knows the beginning from the end. Why ask?

Many Christians say that God will just take care of things, but I truly don't know where
they get that idea or what Scripture they base that on. The word of God has much to say about asking God in faith.

I also know that many Christians don't know that God has asked us to ask Him, and that He has given us instruction on how to ask, or what to ask.

James said we do not have because we do not ask.

James 4:2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.

Throughout the Word of God we see instances where we are told to ask. We have to ask in order to receive. Have you ever stopped to consider that there are spiritual and legal reasons for this?

There are reasons for everything in God's Word. He has set things up His way. It is not a case where God can not do something, but a case where He established things in a certain way, and He will not violate His Word for anyone. It is up ...

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