Soon after Solomon became king of Israel, God appeared one night in a dream and said, “Ask what you wish me to give you.” (1)
King Artaxerxes, king of Persia, once asked his cupbearer, Nehemiah, why he was so sad. Nehemiah, perhaps swallowing hard, told him that he mourned his city Jerusalem, which lay in ruins. The king followed up by saying, “What would you request?” (2)
A blind man named Bartimaeus found Jesus one day. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me,” he cried. Jesus responded, “What do you want Me to do for You?” (3)
If God appeared today with this invitation, would you have an answer? He has already given this invitation. “Ask, and it will be given you…” (4)
If you love God, if you belong to Jesus, what do you want Him to do for you?
If you are not right with God, first, like Bartimaeus, seek mercy. Make peace with God. Accept His free gift of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. “…we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (5)
Don’t limit your requests to small things. As the reformer John Calvin advised, pray the promises of Scripture. (6) God’s resources have no limits. Such requests please Him.
Solomon faced a daunting task of governing a nation. He asked for wisdom; God was pleased and gave him much beyond that.
Nehemiah mourned the condition of Jerusalem. He asked for permission, and resources, to restore its walls. He received that and more.
Bartimaeus could not see. He asked for mercy. Then he asked for sight.
What daunting challenge do you face? Whose troubles do you mourn? What personal touch of God do you long for?
What will you ask?
(1) I Kings 3:5, NASB
(2) Nehemiah 2:2-5, NASB
(3) Mark 10:50, NASB
(4) Matthew 7:7, NASB
(5) Romans 5:1, NASB.
(6) “…we see that to us nothing is promised to be expected from the Lord, which we are not also bidden to ask of him in prayers.” Page 851, McNeill, John T., editor; Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press. Print.