WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
““Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
James 4:10 (NKJV)
THE POWER OF ASKING
“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24 NKJV
“For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:8 NKJV
BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF ASKING
GOD GIVES THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FAVOR TO ASK.
“And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed. But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters.” Exodus 3:21-22 NKJV
GOD TELLS SOLOMON TO ASK.
“…the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
1 Kings 3:5 NKJV
JEHOSHAPHAT GATHERS THE PEOPLE TO ASK GOD FOR HELP.
“So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 20:4a NKJV
GOD SAYS ASK ME FOR THE NATIONS.
“Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.’’ Psalms 2:8 NKJV
ELISHA ASKS FOR A DOUBLE PORTION.
“And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
2 Kings 2:9 NKJV
“Yet you do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2b NKJV
CAN WE ASK FOR ANYTHING WITHOUT CONDITIONS?
“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:22 NKJV
HOW TO UNLOCK THE POWER OF ASKING:
1) WHATEVER WE ASK FOR MUST BE GOOD IN GOD’S ESTIMATION.
“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being 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!”
Matthew 7:9-11 NKJV
2) WHATEVER WE ASK FOR MUST BE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15 NKJV
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 NKJV
3) WHATEVER WE ASK FOR MUST BRING HONOR TO GOD.
“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:14 NKJV
“You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.” John 14:13 NL
4) WHATEVER WE ASK FOR MUST ENGAGE THE MIND AND REQUIRE ACTION.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV