When We Don't Ask
- Monday, May 28, 2007
“Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you are your true friends. The rest aren't bad people; they're just acquaintances.” – Jay Leno
I wonder how many people in my phone book would give me a ride to the airport. I may never know since I have a hard time asking for a ride to the airport. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the Baby Boomer era where I was taught to be responsible for myself, work for everything I wanted, not to expect anything to be handed to me, and that “asking” was a sign of weakness. A small portion of my inability to “ask” could also be attributed to being a “guy-thing.”
Whatever the reason, I am a long-standing member of A.A. (asking anonymous). I usually don’t ask for anything - help, advice, money, (okay) directions, (okay again) a date, etc. After so many years of doing everything and depending solely upon me, it is so hard for me to ask for something or rely on someone else. It’s not that I don’t need anything, because I do, but I have a tough time bringing myself to ask for it.
Some people are “blessed” with the ability. They can ask for anything - money, food, shirt off your back, help in the church’s children’s department, driving the church van, a main dish at a potluck, etc. We all know someone like that, someone who has that “ability.” It must be a spiritual gift!
Ok, maybe it’s not a “spiritual” gift, but it can be a spiritual matter. An inability to “ask” (and seek the Lord’s direction), can be a symptom of the inability to humble yourself, and the inability to humble yourself is a sign of “pride.”
Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became “King Uzziah of Judah.” He reigned in Jerusalem for fifty-two years, the second longest reign of any king in the history of Judah or Israel. According to the Bible, “He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, just as his father, Amaziah, had done. Uzziah sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. And as long as the king sought the Lord, God gave him success” (2 Chronicles 26:4-5).
"But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall" (2 Chronicles 26:16).
“Pride leads to every other vice. It is the complete anti-God state of mind.” - CS Lewis
It’s too bad Uzziah didn’t follow what King Asa had said 100 years earlier.
“Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you” (2 Chronicles 15:2).
It may have kept King Uzziah from being strickened with leprosy and living his waning days in isolation until his death.
Humble yourself before Him, seek His will, and ask.
“Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven” (Daniel 10:12).
That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you” (2 Chronicles 1:7).
He will listen to your prayers.
God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over who I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you . . . and . . . wealth, riches and honor” (2 Chronicles 1:11-12).
“I have come in answer to your prayer” (Daniel 10:12b).
Don’t let pride stand in your way.
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