Blog 54 / Our High Calling

We Do Not Have Because We Do Not Ask

 “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.” (John 14:13 NIV)

 God is fully committed to answer prayers that have His will and His glory as their chief objectives. This is especially true regarding prayers that are focused on the extension of His kingdom.

The more people who turn from their worthless idols to the Living God and give praise and worship to their Creator, the greater is the glory He receives. Therefore, we can ask with confidence for workers and resources for the harvest, for fruitful missionary endeavor and for spiritual awakening among the lost, knowing that these things will increase God’s glory among the nations.

The authority that our Lord has given His Church to overcome the enemy and further God’s kingdom is amazing. So too are His promises. From His throne in heaven Jesus has promised that He will do everything we ask in His Name.

“You may ask me for anything in My name, and I will do it” (John 14:14).

He also said,

“Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matt 16:19).

These promises, though, do come with a sobering truth: “You do not have because you do not ask God” (James 4:2). Has the Church neglected this truth? How much different would the spiritual landscape of the nations be if God’s people had leveraged their huge potential of united prayer to act on His authority and promises!

How much more would the Gospel of Jesus Christ have lighted the spiritual darkness that pervades so much of the globe?

Veteran missionary intercessory, John Robb, asks: “Why has it been almost two thousand years since the Great Commission was given and still over two billion haven’t heard the good news? Why do thousands of unreached people groups still have no missionary among them?

“The answer is almost scandalous: ‘We are not asking!’”



Colin Stott
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator

read colin’s previous blogs:
exclusive property of god – blog 53
indispensable prayers of the church – blog 52
the battle is still the lord’s – blog 51
nothing is impossible with god – blog 49
It is a wonderful life – blog 48
Listening for the master’s voice – blog 47
prayer and unbelief – blog 46
Our Motivation in Praying for the Lost – blog 45
demolishing strongholds – blog 44
overcome evil with good- blog 43
dealing with strongholds – blog 42
when our prayers go unanswered – blog 41
key to unanswered prayer – blog 40
prayer and The bride – blog 39
The Battle is the Lord’s – blog 38
praying for workers – blog 37
finding time to pray – blog 36
when the church is under attack – blog 35
FEASTING and FASTING – blog 34
why ask for what we already have? – blog 32
is anyone praying for them? – blog 31
delays are part of answered prayer – blog 30
weapons of our warfare – blog 29
Keeping our spiritual fervor – blog 28
days of great harvest – blog 27
not i but christ – blog 26
what if – Blog 25
praying scripture – Blog 24
Prayer and obedience -Blog 23
the Prayer warrior – Blog 22
time alone with god – Blog 21
last resort – Blog 20
Prayer with rejoicing faith – Blog 19
travel the world through Prayer – Blog 18
lord, break me – Blog 17
ye have not because ye ask not – Blog 16
our Prayers reveal our heart – Blog 15
church of the living god – Blog 14
when we Pray for the lost – Blog 13
more than meets the eye – Blog 12
sugar cubes and  Prayer – Blog 11
it’s a wonderful life – Blog 10
the longings of god – Blog 9
praising god before he answers – Blog 8
no place like home – Blog 7
praying for god’s glory – Blog 6
are we known as formidable opponents – Blog 5
sugar cubes and Prayer – Blog 4
rejocing over god with singing – Blog 3
the indispensable Prayers of the church – Blog 2
the glorious end – Blog 1