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Dearly Beloved,


“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” (Matthew 7:7-8 NIV).

The principle of asking and receiving was demonstrated recently in my home. My children and I were having our breakfast. The bottle of sugar was by my side of the dining table. My daughter wanted to add more sugar to her meal. She knew that I might hinder her from taking more sugar. Initially, she was looking at the bottle and me. I knew her intention, but I wanted her to express it. After some time, she summoned the courage to ask for it, and I willingly gave her some of the sugar.

Many times, we are reluctant to make known our requests to God. It is a fact that as the omniscient God, He knows what we need before we ask Him (see Psalm 38:9; Matthew 6:8, 32; Luke 12:30), but He wants us to ask Him. In fact, Jesus Christ categorically told His disciples, “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 NIV). However, many people keep silent, or continue to complain or suffer instead of freely asking from their heavenly Father.

God is ready to do anything we ask according to His will, provided we ask Him. Joseph M. Scriven in that popular hymn, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” said, “What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”

This principle of asking and receiving is even applicable to human beings. Many people will not give until one asks from them. Therefore, do not be afraid of asking. You will directly or indirectly get any of these answers: “Yes, have it,” “No, you cannot have it,” or, “Wait for some time.” You lose nothing in asking, rather, you lose many things in not asking.

Ask and it will be given to you!

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Some of you have known about my intention to soon publish a book on ministering through the Internet. My vision about the ten-chapter book is to give it FREELY to as many pastors and other committed Christians that have passion for Internet ministry. Let me use this opportunity to (re)ask for your financial assistance towards the project. Write me privately at <> for details. God bless you!

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