If You Don’t Ask…

I often cringe when I hear his requests.

Genesis 18:16-33

Reference: Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?” He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭18‬:‭31‬ NIV)

Explore: I have a friend who is not backward in coming forward. He speaks his mind freely, sometimes with little concern of the impact his words will have on others.

One way he shows this is when he wants something. He will not be shy to ask for whatever he desires.
He is happy to ask for someone else to pay, for an upgrade or for a better deal. I often cringe when I hear his requests.

The crazy thing is, he usually gets what he wants! He lives by the philosophy of “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”

Application: Abraham found himself in a situation where he was before the Lord and he desperately wanted something. He was bold enough to ask God, however, as you read through the account in Genesis, he certainly did not seem as confident as my friend.

Abraham was asking God to spare a city, even though there was much evil within it. God was actually willing to give Abraham his request, but I think this was for two reasons.

1. Abraham’s request was already aligned with God’s character of grace
2. Abraham’s request was selfless and for the sake of others

I still struggle with being as bold as my friend, because his requests are almost always for his own benefit.

However, to be like Abraham and stand in the gap for someone else, is the kind of request I hope to have the courage to ask.

Prayer: Lord, may I continue to align myself with Your character so that my requests only enhance Your kingdom. Amen.

What would you ask of the Lord?

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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.

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