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Friday, June 22, 2012

Why Ask

This may be obvious.  Just spent some time working through Psalm 71.  I was taken aback by what the Psalmist asked and the basis on which he asked.  To sum up he asks:
Why do we need to ask for what God has already promised?
  • Never to be ashamed
  • To be delivered
  • To be rescued – twice
  • To be heard
  • To be saved
  • To be able to abide continually with God
The basis of the requests seem to be that the Psalmist has taken refuge in God.  It stuck me as odd that he would ask for those things since they seem to me to be givens if one takes refuge in God.  Why ask for what you have?  Thinking through this another place this sequence shows up came to mind.  We are told in Matthew 6 to ask for what we are promised later in the same chapter.  So it seems that even though God has promise to care for us and provide our needs.  He desires – commands us to ask for what He has promised.  I think it is because He wants the relationship.

What do you think?