It Never Hurts To Ask
By Elizabeth Robertson Williams (Modified post from January 30, 2012)
Several years ago, I was on the hunt for the perfect dress to wear to my brother's wedding. Never mind the bride, what in the world was the S.O.G. going to wear?! (sister of the groom)
I was visiting some family in Washington D.C. and stumbled upon the cutest, brightest cocktail dress that you ever did see. Even better was that fact that it was 50% off! I tried it on, did a few twirls, and knew this was the one!
A few weeks later, I was back in D.C. visiting my friend's new baby, I popped back into Neimans to see if there were any other dresses we might have missed. (I needed a rehearsal dinner dress, too, you know!) To my shock and delight, all of the sale dresses were an additional 35-55% off!
Typically, when we buy things only to learn they're on sale, we kick ourselves and just wish we waited a few more days. But in retail, there is a beautiful thing called a price adjustment, which states, that if something you buy goes on sale after you purchase it, within a certain amount of time, they'll adjust the price and give you the lowest price. But you have to ask. (You can even do it with customer service over the phone!)
I wasn't sure if they would honor the adjustment, but I decided it was worth a try. So I marched up to the counter, handed the woman my receipt and asked for a price adjustment. She tinkered around, pressed a few buttons, and said, "There you are, you just saved an additional $80."
To say I was pleased was an understatement. I was thrilled! I did nothing to deserve the extra discount, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, and decided I had nothing to lose by asking.
My philosophy in life is it never hurts to ask-for hotel upgrades, rental car upgrades, certain tables at restaurants, price adjustments, extra sizes in the back, extra sizes from other stores, free samples-the worst thing that will happen is they'll say no, and you're left in exactly the same place.
Similarly, sometimes in my faith, I'm afraid to make my requests known to God, because I don't want to be disappointed. I'm scared to hope, because I worry that God won't come through. But the thing is, in the Bible, Jesus tells us to ask...
"ASK and it will be given to you; SEEK and you will find; KNOCK and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."
"Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, HOW MUCH MORE will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"
Ask...Seek...Knock. Sounds simple, right?
Yet, even with all the asking, seeking, and knocking, there are things that I have prayed for years and still haven't seen the answers come. There are healings I have begged and pleaded for that never came to fruition on earth.That's something that's hard to wrestle with and something I will never understand.
But rather than focusing what I don't know, I want to focus on what Idoknow to be absolutely true: God loves us, God hears us, and God wants to give good gifts to His children.
Knowing that, we can confidently and boldly go to God asking, seeking, knocking, and being specific. What do we have to lose?