Keep Asking To Hear More

You may have seen the 31-day devotional I posted, “Learn To Hear From God”.  If so, you probably saw that the entry for Day 1 says to ask God to give you a hearing ear.  But don’t just ask for a hearing ear on day one.  Make it a habit to ask again and again, as long as you live.  Here’s why, and here’s how.

Why ask? Keep asking – and the Bible will show you how.  Day 1 of the 31-day devotional notes that we have not because we ask not – see  http://www.squidoo.com/learn-to-hear-from-god.  Many Christians don’t hear from God because we’ve never asked God to awaken our ears.

But once may not be enough.

Why should we keep asking? Most Christians know the words of Matthew 7:7-8:

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Here’s one of the nuggets that Bible scholars find in the Greek New Testament:  Jesus used a verb tense that indicates we are to make a habit of asking, of seeking, of knocking.  This habitual reaching for more of God is a key to our receiving much.

As often as anything in your life makes you wish you were hearing more from God, ask Him again for a hearing ear.

How should we keep asking? One good way to ask is to build our request on scripture.  Like many others, I read the Bible day by day.  Today’s reading took me to II Kings 6, and as I read about what Elisha heard from God, I thought, I’d like to hear from God like that. And I remembered thinking like this years ago and praying for similar experiences – and I remembered a few things God did in answer to prayer.

But that was years ago.  Today I felt the need to ask again.  I want fresh testimonies.  So my Bible reading showed me a few specific things to ask for.

What attitude should we use when we keep asking? Don’t nag.  As much as possible, anchor your asking in thanksgiving.

Why thanksgiving?  First, Jesus said, “To him that has will more be given.”  If you start thanking God for what you have, this sets you up to receive more.

Second, thanksgiving will build your faith.  It gets your attention on what God has done, not on what He hasn’t done.

Third, thank God for Jesus.  He is the treasure chest in whom you will find every spiritual blessing.  Ephesians 1:3 says God has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  If you want to hear from God as Elisha did, that blessing is in Christ Himself.  As you ask for it, you can expect to receive.

God already gave you His biggest gift:  Christ Himself.  Get the main gift right, and all the little gifts will fall in line behind Him:

“He who did not spare, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”  (Romans 8:32)

If we have not, it may be that we asked once and left it at that.  Let’s do what Jesus commanded:  keep asking.

Stan Smith  ::  © 2011, GospelSmith  ::  http://www.GospelSmith.com
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4 responses to “Keep Asking To Hear More

  1. Pingback: 3 Kinds Of Hearing To Ask For | The Miracle Lifestyle

  2. Greetings Brother Stan – You haven’t posted in awhile so I just wanted to see how you’re doing…How are you doing? And peeps who know me know that I’m NoT looking for “fine”. I really want to know how things are going. Peace to you, and all manner of blessings,
    Louisa Sozo

    • Hi Louisa —

      Sorry I haven’t had much time to write lately, though that may change soon. I’ll make this brief, but three things have gobbled up our time.

      (1) Medical stuff. I had a bad MRI, which led to another round of gamma knife treatment. I’m still on chemo and avastin. I feel fine most of the time, but have a low energy level. JoAnn meanwhile has had two medical crises — neither turned out to be life-threatening, but both sent her to the hospital.

      (2) Moving. People pray for God’s “suddenlies.” It was a “suddenly” that caused us to move. It’s been very time-consuming, but we now have room to do much more than we could before.

      (3) Finishing JoAnn’s book. As self-publishers, we’ve had 1001 loose ends to take care of as we got the book into circulation. Mind Lost Mind Found is now available at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

      I look forward to adding to the blogs again as our circumstances normalize. Blessings — Stan

  3. Oh my! I’m glad I asked – and as the Holy Spirit brings you to mind (and He will – He already did) I will pray.
    Grace grace grace –
    Louisa

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