I grew up with the old idiom “It couldn’t hurt to ask” or “It never hurts to ask”. You see an object at the store that you would really like to get, but it looks too pricey so you walk away. Perhaps that was a missed opportunity to apply the old idiom. I know it has worked in my life a few times. I asked for something for a reasonable price and it was given to me. In this economy you might find that it will work more often than you think. How many times as a kid were you not afraid to ask you parents or grandparents over and over again for that ice cream cone as the ice cream truck passed? How many times did it work? I know if I didn’t ask I didn’t chance at all at getting the ice cream. That same wisdom was passed on to us by God. Read Matthew 7: 7-8.
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
We need to ask God questions. We need to ask God for what we need. We need ask even if we aren’t sure it is something we should even ask for. Like a child asking for an ice cream on a hot summer day. An ice cream really might not be the best thing for the child. Maybe it’s right before dinner. Maybe a glass of water would really be healthy for the child and quench their thirst and cool them down. God also tells us that we need to seek or search and we need to knock at the door. All of these are active steps on our part. We need to take time to communicate with God. Just like I use to look for those Chocolate Chip cookies my mom hid from us kids, I need to look for what God has for me. I need to seek or search out what He has. I use to knock on my Mom and Dad’s bedroom door and ask them for things. We need to knock on God’s door and ask. If Jesus himself told us to ask, seek and knock, don’t you think it would be the wise thing to do? After all it couldn’t hurt to ask, what is the worst He is going to do to us for asking? Out of love He is going to give us the best answer, even if that means “No” or “Wait”.