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Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession. (Psalm 2:8)

Read: Genesis 3:1-4:26, Matthew 2:13-3:6, Psalm 2:1-12, Proverbs 1:7-9

Relate: I don’t often get interrupted when I am praying. Even if someone else in my hearing might not be in “agreement” with what I am praying, I honestly can’t remember anyone stopping me mid prayer. I have had people come say something afterwards. I have even had someone pray pretty much the opposite as soon as I was done. But I can only remember one time being interrupted mid prayer.

“OK, OK stop. Just… stop.” My voice tapered off and I looked up sheepishly at my professor. I say sheepishly because I wasn’t really sure what the protocol was here. There were five or six of us all together in a group and we were all praying over some current event or situation. Honestly, I can’t remember what it was now. I just remember looking up at my professor who was waiting for me to make eye contact. As soon as I did he continued, “Just ask Him for what you need. You don’t need to apologize for asking something you believe is in His will and you certainly don’t need to hedge your prayer with all those ‘maybe, possibly, if it is Your will.’ Ask Him boldly. If He says no, He says no. But if you keep praying like that, you’ll never get anything.” With that my professor closed his eyes, ducked his head, and waited for me to get on with a real prayer.

React: I learned an important lesson that day. James says, we don’t have because we do not ask. James also says when we ask we must not doubt. Hebrews says let’s approach the throne of grace with confidence. Then here in Psalms we read, “Ask and I will give the nations as Your inheritance.” When I was praying that day, I didn’t believe God was going to answer. I didn’t want to pray bold because if I didn’t get the answer I was asking for, it might reflect bad back on me. I was hedging my prayer to cover my doubts and protect from disappointment…


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