Are you asking God to bless you? I generally don’t. It seems a bit arrogant and a little presumptuous. In my effort to be humble and to recognize God’s sovereignty, I tend to shy away from outright asking God to bless me. Plus, I have a problem with a theology based on a “name it and claim it” faith or a theology steeped in the notion that faith breeds success. I have met too many saintly poor people to believe God works that way.
However, I have been impressed lately that God does want to bless us and he wants us to ask for it. Some examples:
- Nehemiah asked God to make him successful before the king so that he might go and rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. God granted his request.
- Elisha asked for a “double portion” of Elijah’s spirit. God granted his request.
- Jabez asked to be blessed and to have his territory increased. God granted his request.
Jesus clearly shows us that when we walk with God, he will grant us the desires of our heart. If we are walking with God, God leads. However, he often leads us places that are beyond our experience and ability. When God gives us a vision that we know we cannot accomplish, we should ask for him to help us…to bless us in it. The act of asking acknowledges the supremacy of God and can be a very humble act. The act of asking places us in the hands of God.
What are you asking for?