Rob McArthur-Word Of Life Church: Asking is an expression of faith. If you were to ask a child what they wanted for their birthday or for Christmas, they will express their faith to you. If you ask a young adult what they are going to do when they graduate from high school, they will express their faith to you too. Asking is an expression of faith. It represents what we believe for and have a confidence that we can receive.
I wouldn’t go into McDonalds and try to order a pizza. Nothing in me believes that I could receive it, so I don’t ask. I wouldn’t go into Boston Pizza and order a Big Mac. I don’t believe I could receive it.
What I believe is based on my relationship with who I am asking. I know what my relationship with McDonalds offers. It is clearly marked on the menu board. I also know what my relationship with Boston Pizza offers. It’s on their menu. I express my faith by asking for something from those menus.
That sounds really simple and basic, but that’s the reality of faith.
The sad thing is, we do not always live this way. God also has a menu. It is called the bible. It is one of the ways He expressed to mankind what is available through relationship with Him. God’s menu choices are almost endless. In my lifetime, it would be impossible to order everything He has available. I find things in the bible all the time where I think, “Wow, I didn’t know that was available.” Health is on the menu. So is: Provision, Courage, Creativity, Relationships,
Peace. The possible “combos” are almost endless.
The bottom line is this: the deciding factor of what I receive out of the Word is based primarily on what I ask for. I have to live a life of asking. I receive what I’m asking for, because my asking is my expression of faith.
Now if I go into McDonald’s, sit down and wait for them to bring me a Big Mac because I’m hungry and I really, really need a Big Mac, it’s not going to happen. I still have to ask. It’s the same with God.
If I go to church and wait for Jesus to save me because, well, I need it, it’s not going to just happen. Of course I NEED salvation, asmuch as I need healing, relationships, courage, creativity, etc. But it doesn’t just happen. I must ASK! God designed it that way. Hedesigned creation to respond to our word. Faith is always expressed by our asking.