The Fortune in Asking
I’m consistently astonished at how the simple act of asking benefits my business, my personal relationships and in my relationship with God. The power of asking, seeking, and knocking cannot be overestimated. (See Matthew 7:7)
There are numerous examples of the power of asking in the Scriptures. For example, although Jesus “was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” when a Canaanite woman came to Him and asked Jesus -- again and again -- to heal her daughter, her request was granted. Jesus rewarded this woman for her tenacity and faith. (Matthew 15:22-28)
There is virtue in repeatedly asking. As C.S. Lewis wrote: “You must ask for God's help. Even when you have done so, it may seem to you for a long time that no help, or less help than you need, is being given. Never mind. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again.”
You Must Believe - Or You Might as Well Not Ask
The chances are nil that we can get what we ask for if we don't first believe we can obtain it, or don't believe we deserve it. The highest achievers are people who go way beyond setting goals. They create a vision in their mind and they make it real. Our beliefs determine the scope of what we actually achieve. The belief precedes the asking. As Jesus said, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22)
By the way, one of the most exciting breakthroughs in science has been the discovery that we are constantly making new brain cells, and brain cell connections. The property called neuroplasticity means our brains can adapt and create new neural pathways throughout our lives, and no matter how deeply ingrained our unhealthy beliefs might be, we can change them - we can create our own new beliefs and therefore change our lives!
Abundance Comes from Asking
Make no mistake, abundance comes from asking. One of my mentors is Robert Ringer, a highly successful businessman as well as a champion of Judeo-Christian principles. I recommend Ringer’s books, such as “Action – Nothing Happens Until Something Moves.” Ringer writes, “Asking is the simplest, most efficient, and potentially most rewarding action a person can take.” As Ringer points out, asking does not work 100 percent of the time, yet it works a lot of the time, and you’ll never know unless you ask!
Don't Give Up - Just Change Your Strategy
By the way, if you’re not getting what you ask for, figure out why and change your strategy. Are you asking the right question? Are you asking with enough passion and conviction? Are you asking the right people? Are you asking at the right time? Are there people who can help you get what you desire, and who can even do the asking for you?