“Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).
Many people do not mention particularly to God what all blessings they need. Their thinking is that God will give on His own accord. But the expectation of God is that His children should submit their requirements.
The promise “Ask and will be given” find a place in many instances in the Scripture. Jesus Christ promised and said, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14). ‘The babies who do cry will consume milk’. ‘It will be opened only to those who knock’. Similarly, only those who ask will receive.
Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” (Mathew 11:12). Dear children of God, May the desire of receiving the blessings of God be filled with your heart abundantly.
While asking from God, ask pinpointing what the blessing you need. Clearly tell Him what He has to do for you. Do not submit a general petition. But ask for your specific requirements.
See. A blind man who was told that Jesus was passing by, raised his voice and shouted: “Son of David, have mercy on me!” But he did not mention what his requirement was. Indeed God knows that what he needed was the vision. But God expected him to spell it out. That is why He asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Immediately he received his sight (Luke 18:37-43).
Look at Jacob. He struggled with God while asking for his needs. For the whole night, he was asking from God with a right “I will not let you go unless you bless me!” In the end, God blessed Jacob saying “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed”.
Dear children of God, when the children ask for their needs from their worldly father, the parents mercifully bless the children fulfilling their requests. Similarly, God will have mercy on you and bless you. God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will definitely bless you.
To meditate: “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you” (Genesis 12:2, 3).