Monday, October 16, 2017

Just Ask - Martin Wiles

Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! John 14:14 NLT
Ask, and you might receive; ask not, and you probably won’t.
Driving in unfamiliar terrain was once more frightening than it is now. Since there was no internet, I could not pull up directions on my computer or smartphone. My only options were to ask someone who had already been where I was going or to purchase a map and figure it out myself.
And maps were readily available. The most popular place to find them was the local filling station. A place where attendants pumped gas, cleaned windshields, and checked oil. And in the center of the pump island or just inside the station, were maps.
Having a map reduced—but didn’t eliminate, the possibility of getting lost. Names and numbers were crunched into small areas. In spite of my best efforts, I’ve gotten lost. And being a typical man, I hated to stop and ask directions from anyone in the area. It was an admission I couldn’t figure out my dilemma…that I was less than an adequate direction follower. I’ve wasted gas riding in circles or sent my wife in to get directions more times than I care to remember.
The solution was simple: stop and ask someone who lived in the area I was going to. Jesus provides such a simple solution for life in general. Have any kind of need? Just ask Him. He’ll be glad to assist.
Jesus’ help is never wrong. Others have given me faulty directions—though not intentionally. Maps have concealed information I needed to see, and GPSs have sent me to the wrong place. Since Jesus is omniscient—all knowing, I don’t have to worry about this with Him.
Jesus is always willing to help. While technology is readily available, it’s not full-proof. Others are sometimes too busy to mess with my life issues. Jesus, on the other hand, wants to be involved in every detail of my life.
Jesus’ help is also free. Maps weren’t—and still aren’t. Nor are GPSs. Though I can download a free direction app on my smartphone, the phone wasn’t free. And even if it was, my monthly service isn’t. Jesus charges zero. I ask; He comes to my rescue.
Life issues present me with physical, emotional, social, and spiritual quandaries. But none are too difficult for the Savior of the world.
Need a hand? Just ask Jesus.

Prayer: Father, we thank You for Your continual readiness and willingness to help us with life issues. 

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