Just Ask!

 "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."
- John 16:24

One of the many reasons we should pray is that it is God's appointed way of giving things to us that we need in our lives. And there are things that God may want to give you, things that God may want to say to you, things that God may want to do for you, that have not been given, that have not been said, and that have not been done simply because you have not asked.

James 4:2 tells us, "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." Maybe you wonder why you don't know the will of God for your life. Could it be that you do not have because you do not ask? Maybe you wonder why you are unable to lead other people to Christ. Could it be that you do not have because you do not ask? Maybe you are struggling financially and barely scraping by. Could it be that you do not have because you do not ask? Maybe there is a certain illness or problem in your life that has continued on and on. Could it be that you do not have because you do not ask?

I am not suggesting that God always will give us everything that we ask for. Nor am I saying that He will heal every person who asks for His touch. But He will heal some. And what if there were something that God wanted to do but it has not yet happened because you simply have not prayed about it? Maybe He will say no. But what if He says yes? What do you have to lose? That is why we need to pray. It is a privilege of the believer.