Linda is currently on maternity leave. Here is one of her most popular posts from the gospel of John.
Unless he asks a specific question, we are unable to give him an answer.
Reference: “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” John 16:24 NIV
Explore: Our toddler has learned that if he is asking a question he’s much more likely to get our attention. So, even when he doesn’t really have a question he’ll try to ask one.
“Why… Is it… How come… ummmm…”
It does get our attention, but not much of a response. Unless he asks a specific question, we are unable to give him an answer.
Application: There are times when the same goes for us addressing God. We would like Him to engage with us, maybe even solve an issue for us, but we don’t know the right question to ask.
If we can know the question we’re asking then we’ll be much more likely to discern the answer when it comes. It also helps us work out what we would really love to know from God.
Answers are not always easy to find, but if we know the question to begin with then we’re able to identify the answer more readily when it arrives.
Prayer: Lord, there are often times I wish to hear Your voice but I’m not too sure of the exact question I’m asking. May I be clear with You to give me the best opportunity to communicate well. Amen.
What question are you asking of God?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.