Don’t ask, don’t get!

Nehemiah 2:4-8   Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.  And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”  Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.  Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah,  “and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.

James 4:2  you do not have because you do not ask.

Nehemiah had a need, and he asked the person that was able to meet that need—no, not the king, but God.  Only when he knew that God had opened the door did he ask the king. When he had all that he needed he gave the glory to God, because it was God that had made the impossible, possible.  So often when we have a ministry need we go to the Lord and then look to each other to meet that need when God may have a source outside of the body of Christ ready to meet that requirement.

The wealth of the wicked indeed is laid up for the righteous.  Perhaps the answer to your ministry needs is just around the corner.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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