"You do not have, because you do not ask God." James 4:2b (NIV)
The ring was lovely...a blue topaz with tiny sparkly diamonds...emphasis on tiny...around it and on the band. And it was on sale...really on sale...for two days. We went on the evening of the second day. Sold out...had been since that morning. Checked online where they had been available the night before. Sold out.
It would have made a nice Christmas gift. It was really quite perfect...simple, yet elegant...small, nicely suited for my little hands...and inexpensive. I'm not one who is inclined to costly jewelry, so it was just right! The frequent TV advertisements and the flyer that came in the mail screamed out my name.
And my darlin' husband was ready to order it online that first night. He would give me anything...within reason...and definitely that ring...at that price! But I wanted to see it...to try it on. Oh well...too late.
I'm just wondering what lovely thing is before your eyes? And I'm not talking about material things...not jewels...but something God can give...the fulfillment of a dream...bright hope for your future. Are you being bold in your asking? Are you praying...and believing? Are you coming to the Giver of all good and perfect gifts with a pure heart and praying according to His will?
God's Words says that "The prayer of a righteous man [or woman] is powerful and effective." James 5:16b Do we believe that?
I'm reading Steven Furtick's book Sun Stand Still, about audacious praying. What a challenge and an encouragement it has been to my prayer life! And to the faith to take some bold steps in pursuing some work that only God can do!!!
What is looming in the realm of possibility that you have not because you ask not? Go ahead! Do it! Ask!
Lord, forgive us when we fall into that category of "ye of little faith." Help us to seek You, to knock at Your door, to ask believing in Your incomparably great power!! Act on our behalf according to Your will. You are so great and mighty! We bow in Your presence...and rejoice knowing what You have the ability to do!