Summary: Where we see a problem, God sees potential for a miracle. We just have to have the nerve to ask God to do the impossible.
“You Have To Have The Nerve To Ask”
Text: John 16:23 - And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
Intro: Jesus tells us that whatsoever we ask the Father in His name, the Father will give it to us. Our heavenly Father wants us to ask. Not unlike a natural father wants his children to come to him for whatever they need. Our heavenly Father wants us to ask Him for anything we need. There is no prayer request too big to ask the Father. Your heavenly Father is waiting for you to ask because He’s waiting to do what you need Him to do. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. Where we see a problem, He sees potential for a miracle. Where we see an obstacle, He sees an opportunity to show Himself strong. Where we see an impossibility, God sees a chance to show that what is impossible with man is possible with Him. There is nothing that we can’t ask because there is nothing He can’t do. (Jeremiah 32:17)(Luke 1:37)(Ephesians 3:20-It’s not above what we can ask or think. It’s only above what we do ask or think.) The only thing that we can’t ask is what we can’t think and there is nothing we can’t think. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10- God reveals to us by His what He thinks so there’s nothing we can’t think and there is nothing we can’t ask!) We just have to have the nerve to ask! (Luke 11:1-13) Importunate – troublesomely urgent: overly persistent in request of demand. (Pressing, burning, clamant, clamorous, crying, imperative, insistent, instant, urgent). Importunity is not asking repeatedly. Importunity is having the nerve just to ask in the first place. In John 11:41-42, Jesus tells us that we don’t have to ask the Father repeatedly. He heard you the first time. You don’t have to pray the same prayers over and over again. “No” doesn’t mean ask again! If the answer was “No” the first time you asked, then the answer will not change because the Father does not change. Importunity is not asking repeatedly. It is having the nerve to ask initially. Importunity looks for opportunity to ask. Importunity has the guts, the gall, and the gump to ask what most people won’t ask. Importunity knows how to ask, seek, and knock.
1. Ask - Who you ask is your Father (John 16:23) (Matthew 6:9). How you ask is in the name of Jesus. Asking in the name of Jesus does not mean saying “in the name of Jesus” at the end of the prayer. “In the name of Jesus” means in His nature and in His representation. It means asking what Jesus would ask if He were asking. It means praying what Jesus what pray if He were praying. Jesus had no problem with praying for the blind to see, for the deaf to hear, for the lame to walk, for the dumb to talk, for the dead to rise again. Jesus had no problem with asking His Father for anything. Jesus knew how to ask. The way we ask in Jesus’ name is asking according to His word.