Did You Ask?

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…You do not have because you do not ask.  James 4:2

I was serving snack the other day at work to a group of kids.  I had some pieces of cheese left over and a girl asked if she could have them.  I said yes and gave them to her.  Her brother listening got upset and asked why didn’t I give the cheese to him.  I told him I didn’t know he wanted it because he didn’t ask.  He got more upset and said I should have known he would want some.  I would have asked how I was supposed to know that but I know better; attempting to reason with an angry child is not wise. I explained I would have gladly given him the cheese had he asked and left it at that.

I have been around people who are very uncomfortable asking for what they want or need.  You probably know people like that.  I have been like that at times.  Sometimes it’s because I really don’t know what I need but other times it is a matter of pride.  I don’t like being needy.  What about you?  Do you find it easy to ask for what you need?

One of the blessings (if I could call it that) of chronic pain is learning to realize and accept my limitations with grace.  Sometimes that means some things just don’t get done.  Other times, it means I ask for help.  UGH!  While it may be pride that makes asking people for help extremely difficult, I find that it is shame that makes asking God for help.  I am all too aware of my failings and  shortcomings and don’t feel worthy of His attention, much less His help.

But, He has promised to be my ever present help in time of need.  No strings attached; I don’t have to earn His help, in fact, I can’t.  Neither can you.  I am needy; I need His help daily, sometimes minute by minute.  It’s possible that help is delayed simply because I didn’t ask.  I let shame keep me from coming to Him for the help I need.  Have you ever done that?  Been so aware of your mistakes that you felt you just couldn’t possibly ask God for help one more time?

Would you like to read what God says about that?  He says “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us”.  Psalm 103:12 .  Whatever record we are keeping of our sins, isn’t it good to know He isn’t?  We can ask freely for the help we need from Him.

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Gracious and forgiving Father, thank You for removing my transgressions from me.  Thank You for allowing me to come to You in my time of need and know that You are willing and able to be my help.  Forgive for the times I have hesitated to ask because I felt so unworthy and thank You for declaring me worthy because of Your Son and His sacrifice.  Help me to be able to ask others for help and help to be a help to others who are experiencing limitations.  Amen.

Do you need healing?  Can I pray for you?  Please let me know.

Do you have a healing testimony?  I would love to hear it and share it with others if you are willing.

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