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Ask Everything of God
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Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 (ESV)

Throughout the gospels Jesus made certain statements that were so simple. We have a tendency to take simple elements of the kingdom and make them bigger and more complicated than they really are.

I have spent more than two decades leading worship in various churches, conferences and events. I began to grow exponentially as revival and renewal broke out across the world twenty years ago. Much of the worship was a mix of crying out to God on behalf of the church and the land, and simple, pure adoration for who God is. Numerous times over the course of my early years in worship, I was approached by people who, in the name of wisdom, wanted to address a particular area of worship. They would say things like, “we need to stop asking for things in our worship. God wants us to simply worship who He is.” This seemed wise. It seemed like it would be a reasonable and prudent adjustment in the sound that many others and I were releasing at the time. Yet, it didn’t quite sit well with me.

Reading through the Psalms, you find this book of tabernacle worship laced with adoration for who God is, intercession on behalf of a nation of people, plus supplication for individual and corporate needs. Sometimes you will find all three in the span of one simple psalm!

What does God want from us? Much of what He desires falls under the categories of worshiping Him with all of our body, our mind, our soul and strength.  He wants physical worship. He wants worship that engages our mind, will and emotions. He desires that we strengthen the inner man in such a way that we can engage with Him in the space of the new creation that produces wisdom, communion and conscience.

Does worship limit our opportunity to ask of God? No! Contrary to popular belief, worship invites us to ask everything of God! The very process of tabernacle and temple worship included supplication (asking of God) throughout the progression to the Most Holy Place. New covenant scripture is loaded with exhortations to ask of God, with all assurance that He will answer. Do not be anxious about anything but with prayer and petition bring your requests to God (Philippians 4:6-7). You have not because you ask not (James 4:3). Jesus said that if we abide in Him, and His words abide in us, He will grant us whatever we ask (John 15:7). The key is abiding. Easier said than done, but the reward far outweighs the risk.

Every time God manifests His presence in scripture, stuff happens! When we apply faith to our worship we are actually pulling upon the unseen realm of the kingdom with full expectation that it will have tangible impact on what we see and experience within our sphere of influence.

What do we believe God for? Are we simply going through the motions of a religion called Christianity? Or are we working from a reality of being hidden in Christ? Psalm 34 promises that if we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will establish the desires of our heart. Draw near to the Father and you will find it so easy to be delighted in Him. From that space in the Father’s heart, hidden in Christ Jesus (Colossians 3:3), we begin to realize that we aren’t living toward a greater reality, but that we are living from the ultimate reality. Waning hope becomes absolute assurance. Fainting faith becomes an unstoppable swirl of fire and passion. Dreams deferred morph into delight and desire in the presence of God. What do you believe God for?

We ask for what we don’t possess. We seek for what we don’t realize. But we knock upon a door that stands before us. We are coming into a season of knocking. We are on the threshold of a new season of purpose realized. We have bowed and made our requests known to God. We have sought His face. Now it’s time to raise our hands and strike them upon the door He longs to open for us both individually and corporately. Knock, and it will be opened to you.

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