Fourth Step in the True Pattern of Pray - Ask God
"Father in Heaven, we thank thee for the many blessings Thou has given to us. I ask Thee..."
Father in Heaven knows beforehand the things that people need in order to help each specific person; but because of the nature of human life in this mortal world, He only allows certain things to be granted as "givens" or laws in life.
He provides a place for our physical presence with air and food enough to sustain all human life on the planet if ALL humans follow the commands that He gives as recorded in scriptures and holy texts of all religions.
Unless a teaching such as helping the poor and needy is purposely removed from a religious dogma by the impropriety of humanity, it can be found in all religions to help another and share all that exists.
Humans are Fickle Collectively about the Poor
Because the heart of man or the ways of humans are fickle collectively, all in the world do not share in the bounty of the planet.
False teachings conclude that only a finite amount exists of all resources prompting some deceived humans to horde those resources THEN prompts the Lord to act for the welfare of His children in addition to what He provided naturally on the Earth!
So, His Children ask for extra resources than those that should rightfully be available to all.
Medicine should be free to all who need it, for example: but because some cannot have it due to multifarious reasons other humans who possess it contrive, God acts in miraculous ways to heal the bodies of humans.
God does not force righteousness upon His children but invites them to share. God grants the righteous what they ask because, in truth, the righteous will not ask for things they know God will not give them.
God will provide restoration of life, health, monetary gain, success in skill--many things that are for the benefit of humankind.
However, not all things are equal in importance for the eternal salvation of humans, so one blessing or granting God provides to one may differ than another granting or blessing that He provides to another.
Why ask when He knows what humans need?
There exist many answers that could fill volumes with explanations and examples to understand.
One reason He requires us to ask for some things is to teach us that He can and will provide for all people.
He provides the things that humans need and some wants that help to strengthen faith and aid in Christian service. The things that are important to His children are important to Him.
Any parent takes their children's feelings into regard who is a righteous parent, and Father in Heaven is the example of this.
It matters to Him if one of us is hurt or lonely. When He issues out judgment in the end for all the deeds of mankind He will, through Christ, make an account of each fallen tear and angry word of all people to account for who did not make redress.
As with any short-viewed toddler when it comes to fairness, we tend to think that we want action from God now and not in some distant future when we will probably not care about it anymore!
The wisdom of God is great in that. After the uncontrolled feelings of hurt are gone, we can then look at the guilty party with compassion and mercy as would He. We are commanded to be temperate.
Harboring ill feelings towards one who has offended us makes us view them obscurely.
When the feelings of woundedness vanish, only the love of light remains in the righteous. We then see as God sees. He knows our needs better than we understand and will give us all that we need to become like Him.
Humans ask for forgiveness, as is the mainstay of Christian repentance.
Christ paid the wages of sin, death. We must seek forgiveness of sins through asking. God will not forgive sins of the unrepentant. He cannot remove consequences from a person who will not admit an act is wrong.
All people must ask for His intervention. Asking is another act of humility and recognition that God is the giver of all and provider for all. It reminds all who ask that we are beggars before the Lord with the capacity to bless each other with our differing talents.
We can ask God questions about truth and belief.
He is perfectly willing to answer all question of His children, with the understanding that once the answer is given the receiver will act appropriately. Appropriate actions are to take the knowledge and apply it in life.
- Moroni, the Son of Mormon: Death of a Nation Part Two
Nephites were hunted by the Lamanites until they were all destroyed. This is Part two of a profile on Moroni in Death of a Nation
As revealed through the ancient prophet Moroni,
I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father [for all things. In asking, do so] with real intent, having faith in Christ, He will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. (Moroni 10:4)
The Lord desires to share truths, whether they be the truths of the universe or if it is the truth that He really exists and answers prayers. All truths are there for the asking if the hearer does so with real intent.
Real intent means with the understanding that once the knowledge is revealed, the person is responsible for applying that knowledge or living according to that knowledge.
God reveals truths that are meant for groups, or everyone and truths meant for individuals. If asked, truths dealing with eternal consequences such as the mode and manner of baptism, God reveals specifics that are only changed by the interpolation of men. If God reveals to an individual to keep a journal, it applies to that individual alone.
If not for the journals of men, some men, no scripture would exist. Asking and obeying with intent constitutes answers to prayers. The invitation to ask is inherently connected with God's willingness to provide answers. He requires in asking to address Him and be grateful for what already He has given.
What do you think?
Do you feel that God can answer your prayers?
© 2013 Rodric Anthony Johnson