Dare To Ask!

What would happen if Catholics dared to ask for big blessings rather than just settling for a little? Why don’t we ask God for more than we do? Why do we settle for less than the best God can give us? Are we limiting God’s blessings by our failure to ask for more in faith? Scripture tells us that we do not receive because we do not ask.
Is it that we think God isn’t capable? Don’t we pray to the same God who created the heavens and the earth, the Creator of thousands of galaxies? Isn’t He the same God who parted the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites? Isn’t He the same God who defeated the Midianites with Gideon and only three hundred men? Isn’t He the same God who David relied on to defeat Goliath? Isn’t He the same God who created every atom and cell in our bodies? Didn’t He create every atom in the universe? Why do we think that there is anything He can’t do?
Isn’t Jesus the same Jesus who raised the dead? Isn’t He the same one who healed lepers? Didn’t He restore sight to the blind? Didn’t He make the deaf hear? Didn’t He heal the paralytic? Didn’t He raise the dead? Was there anyone He couldn’t heal?
Was there any situation He couldn’t deal with? Didn’t He feed thousands with a few loaves of bread and fish and still have leftovers? Didn’t He calm the Storm and walk on water? Is there any situation too big for Him? So why do we ask for so little?
Do we think He doesn’t love us enough to give us more so we settle for so little? How can we think that? Would He who turned away no one who came in faith turn us away? Would He who suffered so much in the Passion for us not love us enough to bless us? Would He who sacrificed thirty-three years away from Heaven for us refuse to give us all good things? Do we think that we don’t deserve it? God’s love is so beyond that. If you look in Exodus, the same Israelites rescued by God at the Red Sea and freed from slavery in Egypt were soon worshipping a golden calf. Yet God still performed the miracle at the Red Sea.
Would He who said knock and the door shall open, seek and you will find, ask and you shall be given deny us the blessings that are good for us? Would God put in scripture “by his wounds we are healed” if He didn’t mean it? Why does He repeat that “with God all things are possible? Why do we think He didn’t mean these things?
Scripture tells us God can’t lie. It tells us God can’t change. God is God, no limits on what He can do except the ones He imposed on Himself. He gave us free will so that we could choose to love Him or not. He gave us the choice of believing in His love and goodness or not. He gave us the choice of trusting in Him. He practically begs us to trust in Him with the Divine Mercy Devotion and Message but the choice is up to us.
We can choose to ask for only a little or we can choose to ask for miracles. It doesn’t matter that we can’t figure out how God will do something. We don’t have to. That is His job. Can He who figured out how to create the Universe be limited in imagination? He knows what we will ask for before we even ask. There is a true story of a missionary in Africa that The Daily Encourager recently mailed out on the Internet. There was a premature baby who needed a hot water bottle in order to be kept alive. The mission didn’t have an incubator. The children in the orphanage prayed for a hot water bottle and a doll for the two-year old sister. That same day a care package arrived which was mailed five months earlier. Included were a hot water bottle and a doll. We don’t have to figure out how God can do something. We just have to pray with faith.
Our God is a God of miracles, a God of infinite love, infinite who loves to surprise and bless His people. He longs for us to come to Him, to acknowledge Him as our God. He doesn’t want us to try to handle things on our own but to depend on Him, to trust in Him. He longs for us to call Him, Abba, Daddy. Why wouldn’t we expect Him to bless us? Why do we expect so little?
We have to stop limiting God with our low expectations and weak faith. We have to take Him at His word and trust in Him. Jesus said come to me. We have to come to Him believing that He will bless us. The stronger our faith, the greater our trust the more we will be blessed. Pray with openness to all of the possibilities; don’t limit God by asking for so little. Don’t think. I’ll be happy if the surgery goes well. Put the need in God’s hands and ask for His best blessings. Pray like this. Lord, you know the problem with Father’s back. You know how much we need him. We know how much you love him and that for You all things are possible. We ask You to come into this situation and we ask for the healing of Father’s back according to Your perfect will. We know that You know best and we trust in Your love, mercy and goodness.
I bet the first step for many of us would be to ask God to increase our faith. The second step would be to get to know God better by the reading and study of scripture. Don’t just pick up the Bible and read it. Each day before you open it ask God to open your eyes and heart to see the message He wants you to get out of the day’s reading. Then take notes as to what God said to you through the scripture passage. You might also want to subscribe to a guide like God’s Word Today which will pick out passages to read for each day and give you comments and a prayer to say in response.

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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