I believe that this is the word that God gave me recently. Simple, confronting, challenging, liberating and hopeful. A one word (three letter word) message from God.
I really don’t want to add to or take from this word. I will try to elaborate on it but must present it clearly as it was given – “Ask” that’s it.
As often seems to happen for me God shares a few words (or a single word in this case) and there is so much more that comes with it. As I try to unpack it just a little my heart is to let it sit with you in it’s simplicity – ASK. To let God unpack this with you, meditate on it and what you know of his word and character, and respond to Him.
For those needing help to get started let me share something of my encounter with God’s one word message. This invitation of God I found both brought conviction and elicited great hope in me all at once. Passages like “… you do not have because you do not ask,” (James 4:2b NIV) and “Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you…” (Matthew 7:7a AMP) flooded my head and delivered me to a place of invitation to childlike abandon to a very good heavenly father. To be real and trust God fully in one expression of faith communion with God. “At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name.” (John 16:23 NLT) Too often we or should I say I take on God’s role in my relationship with him, today we are invited to trust him and let him play the role of father and enjoy taking on the role of child in our relationship with Him (as is fitting). Instead of filling our heads with whether or not we should ask what we want to, what God wants, and if I’m good or bad even thinking of asking, I am invited to simply “Ask”, honestly and simply ask. I can trust that God will tell me as a good father if I ask amiss, or if what I seek is not what’s best, my asking is trusting him in his role not demanding he deliver on my request but that he hear it and responds as he sees fit, it is honouring him with my honesty in relationship with him, trusting him with my being real and His love and goodness to hold me, and responded to me well (God is not like man – sometimes my inability to honestly ask exposes a flaw in my assessment of His character and trustworthiness). A question, a need, a direction, a want, help, a desire, freedom, a curiosity, so many things that are already yearning within us to be expressed and God is inviting us to ask – so let’s ask, seek him while he is near – I believe we will be surprised by what we experience. God invites us to ask, I wonder why? It tells us something of God and His desire I am certain.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT
“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” Luke 12:32 NLT
I believe this is what God is saying to us today…
So… Go on – ask…