I, obviously, had my best friends with me, but I always found it difficult to ask them for a ride. So, I’d dance around the issue and say something like, “Hi… can you… I mean, if you’re not doing anything… I mean… I know you’re busy and all… but I was just wondering…” Five agonizing minutes later, I’d finally get around to asking my best friends for a ride.
Until one day they sat me down and said, “Jael, we love you and we want to do nice things for you. The next time you want a ride from us, we’re going to need you to yell it.” They explained to me that when I was shy about asking them for a simple favor, it made them believe that I didn’t trust them to do something kind for me. So for the next year and a half, whenever I needed a ride, I made it known. Loudly.
I’ve come to realize that I do the same with God. I’ll say a pretty prayer whenever I want to ask God for something. I just can’t remember the last time I prayed boldly. But if I really trust God with the deepest desires of my heart, doesn’t it make sense to ask him directly? Well, at least I know that is what he is asking of me:
“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him” (Luke 11:10-13, The Message)?
Jael Amador writes from New York, New York.© 2002 - 2020, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.