God was speaking to David here in the Psalm 2:8, ‘Ask Me’ was what He said. Is it really that easy? To just ‘Ask’ and receive? Could we just ask God for a box of chocolates and get them just as we’ve asked? Or could we just ask for a promotion at work and just receive it just like that? Of course not, that would make God some sort of génie.
Going back to the verse above, before God told David to ‘Ask’ in verse 8 a relationship had already been established in verse 7.
“Psalm 2:7b He said to Me, You are My Son; this day [I declare] I have begotten You.”
A Father-Son relationship had already been established between David and God putting David in a position to request anything from his Father. Such relationship was seen with Jesus during His time on earth.
The question lies in what our relationship with God is and how close we are to Him?
Our relationship with God goes a long way even as far as receiving from Him. God already made David His son and therefore David already had access for to his Father’s inheritance, the same relationship that Jesus portrayed, that was why He could boldly say the Father and Him are one. That is prove of the relationship they shared, howbeit whenever He asked from His Father He received.
But sometimes we do Ask from God, we do pray and we become persistent in our prayers but it’s almost as if God has turned deaf ears to our request and at such instances, we begin to question the words of God in Matthew 7:7-8. Just ‘asking’ doesn’t look as easy as the Scriptures makes it sound and it’s certain there is nothing wrong about God’s Word then that means the problem must lie within us.
First of all, we need to establish the fact that ‘Asking’ and ‘Receiving’ from God is based on our relationship with Him. The same way you cannot just walk up to the father of an acquaintance of yours and demand for a brand new phone because no cordial relationship has been established but would rather find it more soothing to make such request from your father. Even when your father takes time in giving it to you, with the relationship you have with your father it gives you confidence to wait on him.
James 4:3 tells us that sometimes we don’t receive what we ask for because we ask with wrong motives. Every time Jesus requested something from His Father, it was always to bring glory to the Father; in other words it was with the right motives and with good intentions Jesus prayed to the Father.
With the relationship Jesus had established with His Father, He knew the mind of His Father and consequently requested with the mind of the Father. Could it be that most times when we pray for certain things it is for selfish reasons? We may not like to accept that fact but James 4:3 has made it clear to us.
Why do we desire that promotion? Why do we desire wealth? Why do we desire fame or popularity? Why do we desire the anointing of God and to move in His power? Why do we desire a new job? Is it to bring glory to the Father or to gratify our flesh or could it be lust of the eyes and pride of life.
Sometimes we Ask and not receive because we are far from God and it could also be because we ask with the wrong motives. To Ask and receive is based on how close we are to God which will make us understand why we don’t receive and to see the mind of God.
I close with this final words, when Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane, his soul was crushed with grief to the point of death that He prayed for the cup of suffering to be taken from Him, but He added ‘Not according to my will, but for your will to be done.’ We may or may not know when our prayers becomes selfish but irrespective, we must always pray for God’s will to be done. This was what Jesus saw.
Asking is easy, but are we qualified to receive from God?