It Never Hurts To Ask
Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.
~ Ezekiel 36:37
When my children were young, and they had a request, I always told them, “It never hurts to ask. The worst that can happen is, the answer is no.” So, if they would not let fear get in the way, they would ask: To the teacher, “May I change seats in the room?” To the friend, “May I have a turn?” To the sibling, “May I borrow that shirt?” And so on. Another person does not know you have a desire, or need, unless you ask.
God knows the desires of our hearts, but He still wants us to come to Him and ask. The Israelite children had fallen into idolatry. They had been made captives of the Babylonian Empire. Ezekiel had been commissioned by God to give a message to these people in captivity.
His first message was a message of doom, judgment and punishment. The second message, was to the foreign nation, letting them know that the same fate would be theirs if they did not turn to the one true God. The third message, was a message of hope. And this is where Ezekiel 36:37 fits in.
God wanted the nation of Israel to turn from their wicked ways, and come back to Him. He let them know that eventually He would restore them, and increase their numbers, but He also wanted them to come to Him and repent. All they needed to do was, ask.
Why do we find it so difficult to ask? Are we fearful of rejection, embarrassment, or shame? Are we too prideful to admit we are lacking something? We need to know that God, is a God of love. He would never reject anyone who comes to Him in true repentance. He loves us, just like He loved the children of Israel. His invitation to come to Him is open to all. He will answer our pleas, and restore our hearts, minds, and souls.
If we have already asked for His forgiveness, then we should continue to go to him with our requests. We need not worry that we are bothering Him. No request can be too small, or too great for His grace, and mercy. Our prayers of petition is a form of praise and worship, because our entreaties are a reflection of our faith, reliance, dependence, and confidence in Him. He is waiting for us to ask. If you have a desire, go to God, it never hurts to ask.
Dear Father, I ask for your forgiveness. I accept your gift of salvation, though Jesus. Amen
~ Jenny Calvert