The Relational Side of Asking

I love little kids! I always have. One area I enjoy is the way they ask questions. Oh my, can they ask questions!!

Why is the sky blue?
Who made God?
Do worms yawn?
Why are people mean?
Why am I right handed?
Where do babies come from?
Why do ladybugs have spots?
What is death?
Where does the light go when you turn it off?
What does blue smell like?
If I am real how come a dream is not?
Do plants hear?

Good questions! Yes, little kids love to learn and early on they exercise their inquisitive muscles. But it more than learning. Kids love the interaction. They instinctively enjoy the relational side of asking. Sure, their questions can be non-stop, but they want to engage, connect, link up, share a moment, or just spend some time with you. I know when my kids were little I loved those question times (and I can’t wait for my grandkids to start)

I also notice how kids ask for help. I was in the grocery other day and little kid, in his mom’s cart, asked if I could help his mom reach something. Kids are not shy about asking for help. Sure, we want to teach them to be independent, but there will always be times we need to ask for help. Not just to get the help, but to exercise that relational side of asking.

In thinking about kids asking, I am reminded that the Lord encourages us to ask:
Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
John 16:24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing,

Yes, we are to ask God about the great mysteries and questions of life, but also we are to be asking God to help us and others. In all this asking we are engaging God, connecting with Christ, linking up with the Holy Spirit, sharing a moment with our Lord, and spending time with the Father. For, you see, God really, really likes to interact with you!
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.
Psalm 36:5,7 5 Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 149:4 For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with salvation.
So ask of God, He is not bothered by us or too busy to listen.
Psalm 66:19-20 19 But truly God has listened; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast love from me!
See, there is a relational side to asking. Why not give it a try?!? You may be surprised at what happens.

Seeking to ask of God with you,

Mike

PS This summer we are continuing a teaching series entitled, “Wrestling with God in Prayer: Intense Internal Interactions with God’s Holy Spirit about Life,” and part of that is the wrestle of asking. We would love for you to either join us at one of our branch churches or listen on-line. Here is our web site to help you connect: www.cypresschurch.net

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