An equipping ministry to Disciple the Church.
A mission base to Send the Church.
ASK = To call on for an answer. To make a request. - The statement of a desire.
I Kings 3:5,7, 9-14
God’s Command: ASK! (5)
Solomon’s Position: Childlike, humble Faith (7)
Solomon’s Request: The Lord’s will (9)
God’s Response: Doing Solomon’s request (11-12)
God’s Response: Doing abundantly more than Solomon asked or thought (13-14)
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
John 15:7, 16
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
(Psalm 16:11 - in your presence is fullness of joy)
(Psalm 36:7-9 - we feast on the abundance of your house & drink from the river of your delights)
I John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that IF we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.
We aren’t very comfortable with asking OR receiving. WHY?
1) Lack of faith in God. (Is it coincidence or is it God? Is he really THAT involved?)
2) Pauper’s mentality:
- Beggars Beg
- Royalty Requests
I don’t want what God wants to give me. I want what I want to give me.
Matthew 7:11b - Good things are the real issue for us.
Lotto ticket or a steady paycheck?
Steady paycheck or a season of lack?
4) We don’t need anything!
For you say, I’m rich, I’ve prospered, and I need nothing.
The one who is full loathes honey.
Blessed are the hungry & thirsty. They will receive!
Hindrances to prayer:
1. Not asking (James 4:2)
2. Asking as an adulterer (James 4:3-4)
3. Asking in pride = Tax collector, not Pharisee, went home justified (Luke 18:9-14)
4. Treating your wife (or spouse) in an inconsiderate, disrespectful way (I Peter 3:7)
Not all prayer is created equal
Lot of prayers being prayed - many not being answered
The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
Genesis 18 - Abraham prays to God with six different requests about Sodom & Gomorrah.
Why was his prayer heard?
Major Character Issues:
- Disobeyed the Lord and went down to Egypt
- Lied & sold out his wife to Pharaoh
- Great plagues befell the Egyptians because of his sin
- Impatiently took Hagar for his wife and produced an Ishmael
And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
He believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness
Said in a different way (Romans 4:9) FAITH was counted to Abraham as righteousness.
Romans 4:20-22 - No Unbelief made him waver concerning God’s promises
Fully Convinced = faith counted to him as righteousness.
Like Abraham, we are Righteous. And HOW MUCH MORE!
Romans 5:17-19 - MUCH MORE will those who receive the “abundance of grace” and the “free gift of righteousness” reign in life thru Jesus…Many will be made RIGHTEOUS!
24 What the wicked dreads will come upon him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
SO - we come to God in prayer (with all our character issues, which in a disciple’s life are being sanctified) and we can approach God in two ways, with two different results:
1) Through our own work - Resulting in Condemnation
2) Through His work - Resulting in Freedom
Rich young ruler lived according to the law. Good character
He approached Jesus based on his own works
He still lacked - which we ALWAYS do when we live by the law
He became sad - under condemnation - because he couldn’t obey (powerlessness = condemnation)
Zacchaeus had major character issues!
Jesus came to HIM! According to HIS work
He recognized and received Jesus’ grace towards him joyfully
Resulted in Freedom and abundant obedience
Woman caught in adultery had major character issues!
“Neither do I condemn you; GO - and from now on sin no more!”
Lack of condemnation leads to ability and freedom to overcome/obey
Titus 2:11-12 >> The GRACE of God TRAINS US to renounce ungodliness
Peter had major character issues!
Jesus told him to let down his net on the other side - huge catch!
Peter falls to his knees: “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord!”
* God’s kindness (GRACE) leads us to repentance (Romans 2)