The only stupid question is the one left unasked

Kids ask a lot of questions. They have such inquiring minds that they seem to have a knack of asking questions on top of questions. Asking why is probably their favorite. They would make good detectives, never satisfied with “just because” as an answer. They don’t always make the best movie watching companion, for this very reason. Those who ask the most questions usually learn more though, right? Charlie Chan say, “Question without answer like faraway water - no good for nearby fire.” We are God’s kids; we should really ask more than we do. God promises to answer, his is not “faraway water.”

Jesus instructs us in fact (direct quotes, mind you) to ask Him, and then pursue Him for the answers. Here is a list:

  • "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matt 7:7-8)
  • “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Matt 9:38)
  • "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” (Matt 18:19)
  • “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matt 21:22)
  • “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:13)
  • Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." (John 4:10)
  • “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)
  • “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)

What are we waiting for? Let’s ask.

Posted by Shawn McCracken on March 21st and tagged answers, ask and you will receive, questions