Sometimes we don’t have the things we want because we have not asked God for them.
In Matthew 14:22-33 we read about how the disciples were out at sea when they saw Jesus walking on water. They all freaked out, because they thought He was a ghost. In the midst of their screams Jesus yelled out to them, “It’s me, don’t be afraid.” Then Peter had the audacity to say, “Lord, if it’s you call me to come to you on the water.” And Jesus said right back, “Come on then.” And Peter done what no other man had done since. He walked on water.
This story fires me up, because it’s easy for me to believe that Jesus walked on water. After all, He is Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God. But Peter? He’s an ordinary man like you and I. Now that’s pretty amazing.
Then I got to thinking. Why didn’t the other disciples get out of the boat?Were they too afraid, did they not believe, or did they deem themselves unworthy and unqualified? It could have been all of that, but for sure I know one reason they didn’t walk on water along with Peter. It’s because they didn’t ask.
The bible says that we have not because we ask not. Sometimes you can be waiting on God to show up in your life, but really God is waiting on you to ask. Maybe like the disciples that stayed in the boat, you think your need is insignificant to the larger issues of life. But God knows the number of hairs on your head, He is concerned with your every need and desire.
I love how Jesus responded to Peter’s request. He said ,”Come.” Jesus wasn’t going get in the boat and carry Peter out. Instead He gave Peter an opportunity. Often when we ask God for something, He answers by giving us an opportunity.
When you ask God for peace, He’ll give you the opportunity to walk in it. When you ask God for a new job, He’ll open doors and bring new people in your life that will lead to your promotion. You may have asked God for healing and think that He hasn’t answered, because He didn’t miraculously heal you.
Can I encourage you to ask again? This time look for the opportunity that God gives. Your healing may come through a book, a different doctor, or new eating regiment. Be like Peter have the audacity to ask and the
courage to step out of the boat and walk on water.
Remember all things are possible, if you can believe. God is a good father who gives good things to his children. He is waiting for you to ask. What is it that you haven’t asked God for? Now is your opportunity to ask.