Ye have not, because ye ask not…

While doing some devotional reading yesterday, I came across a story (used as an illustration) that the majority of you reading this have heard at one time of another. It’s the story of a young boy who was doing his best to lift an object that was too large for someone his size. As the story goes, the boy huffed & puffed and grunted & groaned as he tried various methods for lifting said object, but it was all to no avail. In spite of all his efforts, the ‘object’ wouldn’t budge.

It was about that time that his father walked by and, after watching his son’s struggle, asked if he was having trouble. The boy answered, Yes, I’ve tried everything, and it won’t move.”  To which his father replied, “Are you sure you have tried every possibility? Are you sure that you have used every resource at your disposal?” The boy looked up with frustration, and grunted out a confident “YES!” Noting his son’s frustration, the father gently responded, “No, my boy, you haven’t. You haven’t asked for my help.”

The moral of this simple story could not be any clearer. If we are honest with ourselves, more often than we care to realize/recognize, we are like that young boy, struggling with the challenges we face in our lives, yet being unable to ‘taste victory’ – simply because we have not asked for our Father’s help.
As the scripture says, “…ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2).


Something to think about, indeed!


“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” (Jesus; Matt. 7:7-11) 

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