“I want more Cheerios”; “I want more rice”; I want more yogurt”; “I want more crackers”. Notice anything here? The word “please” is missing. When our toddler asks for things, he neglects to say, “Please”. We have to always remind him of the proper way to ask for what he wants. “How do you ask for things?” we would ask and he would repeat his request and tag the word “please” at the end.
This morning he requested, “I want listen bus.” When nothing happened, he added, “Please” and the catchy tune, “The Wheels of the Bus Go Round and Round” filled the car. Once our son says, “please” we are more than happy to give him what he asks for.
How do we ask God for what we want? Jesus tells us. “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22). We ask in faith. For our toddler, asking is simple. All he has to say is “please.” but with God, asking requires faith.
How we ask is very important. James mentioned people who do not receive what they ask for because they ask amiss, that is they ask wrongly or improperly (James 4:3). When our toddler asks for something improperly he does not receive it.
When it comes to asking God for what He is more than happy to give to His children, James offers the same advice as Jesus did. “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting…” Doubt prevents us from getting what we ask for. Faith opens the heavens and blessings are poured out.
These words of Jesus apply to us today, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23, 24). Ask the proper way and you will receive.