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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Afraid To Ask?

Some of us are afraid to be honest with God.  We’re afraid to ask him for what we really want and need.  Not Abby.

Abby is known to ask for what she wants, plain and simple.  Get me water.  Get me milk.  Take me to Margaret’s house.  Take me to the park. For a 4-year-old, she’s extremely decisive.  And she’s never met anyone she didn’t order around.

Sure, we have some character issues to work on.  I’ve already written about her as my strong-willed daughter, and I fully appreciate and am humbled by the challenges that likely lie ahead.  But I don’t want to focus on the challenges today.  Instead, I’d like to celebrate her boldness.

Abby and I were praying the other night, and she spontaneously said to God, I pray that you would do everything that I want you to do.

That pretty much sums it up.  Most of us feel that way, but we’re afraid to just come out and say it. 
Although I don’t believe God is some cosmic Santa who exists so we can pump him for presents (and I plan to teach Abby to pray for God’s will), I think a few of us could learn something from Abby’s bold spirit. 

Sometimes, I think God wants us to have the guts to make the ask.

You do not have, because you do not ask God.   - James 4:2

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.   - Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)


Keli Gwyn said...

Bless Abby for going boldly before the Throne and asking for what she wants. God encourages us to do just that, and yet many of us are hesitant to bother Him, choosing instead to take care of things ourselves. But, as Abby seems to understand, He's a BIG God and welcomes our requests.

Thanks for the post, Susan.

Random Thinker said...

I'm a Muslim, and I love reading your blog. Your simple faith is so pure, that you move me.

This post really touched me. Thank you

Susan DiMickele said...

Thanks for the comments - yes, we all have much to learn about faith from children. I'm also thrilled that friends from other faiths are reading the blog!