As I shared with you from Genesis 18:14 only yesterday, all things are possible with God; but if this be the case, why are we sometimes fearful of asking and doubtful of receiving from Him? Is it not often because of our own evil intentions?
Today, what came to mind as I reflected on the theme of asking of God was something I read sometime back from 2 Kings 13:14-20. There it is written: “The prophet Elisha was sick with a fatal disease, and as he lay dying, King Jehoash of Israel went to visit him. ‘My father, my father!’ he exclaimed as he wept. ‘You have been the mighty defender of Israel!’ ‘Get a bow and some arrows,’ Elisha ordered him. Jehoash got them, and Elisha told him to get ready to shoot. The king did so, and Elisha placed his hands on the king’s hands. Then, following the prophet’s instructions, the king opened the window that faced toward Syria. ‘Shoot the arrow!’ Elisha ordered.
As soon as the king shot the arrow, the prophet exclaimed, ‘You are the Lord’s arrow, with which he will win victory over Syria. You will fight the Syrians in Aphek until you defeat them.’ Then Elisha told the king to take the other arrows and strike the ground with them. The king struck the ground three times, and then stopped. This made Elisha angry, and he said to the king, ‘You should have struck five or six times, and then you would have won complete victory over the Syrians; but now you will defeat them only three times.’ Elisha died and was buried.”
What would have happened had king Jehoash struck the ground many more times with arrows? The victory of the Israelites over the Syrians would have been complete! But whether out of a lack of faith or out of fear owing to his own evil ways, for 2 Kings 13:11 says of Jehoash, “He too sinned against the LORD and followed the evil example of King Jeroboam”, he struck only three arrows – when, in fact, the prophet Elisha had said to him: “Take the OTHER ARROWS and strike the ground with them” (2 Kings 13:18).
So why did he stop shooting when there were more arrows to be shot? Why do you pray and ask for so little when God has endless treasure, both spiritual and physical, that He yearns to bless you with?
Writes John Newton: You are coming to a King, Large petitions with you bring For his grace and power are such None can ever ask too much. So, my dear friend, what keeps you from asking of God???
“YOU DO NOT HAVE WHAT YOU WANT BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ASK GOD FOR IT. AND WHEN YOU ASK, YOU DO NOT RECEIVE IT, BECAUSE YOUR MOTIVES ARE BAD.” James 4:2,3.