Yesterday I wrote about the first step of acknowledging your personal accountability and responsibility in the process of understanding the principle revealed in Matthew 7:7 when Jesus said, “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” If you have not read the introductory article (July 30/17), I would encourage yo to go back and do so now.
Today I would like you to consider a couple of examples of how our thinking, beliefs, words and intentions are displayed in our self talk and impact the process of the message we transmitting in terms of our “asking.”
Have any of you ever considered a diet at some point in your life? You wanted to lose some weight, right? If your daily ongoing thoughts were directed towards, “I need to lose weight,” then your asking involved the process of calling for a need to lose weight. In order to comply with your ongoing need to lose weight, your body hung onto the weight, so you would continue to have the need to lose it. You got what you asked for, but it may not have been what you really wanted, because you were asking for the wrong thing.
When you look in the mirror if you think in terms of ” your being fat,” your subconscious mind which controls the functions of your body complies, and you continue to get “the being fat” answer. If you think losing weight is hard, guess what, it will be hard for you.
You can apply this principle to any and every area of your life, because the asking is really about the emotional frequency vibration you are transmitting. As Earl Nightingale says, “You get, or you become, what you think about most of the time.” The proper response might potentially be, “I Can Eat What I Want and Never Gain Weight!” Does this always work? No, not if you make the choice to implement actions which are contrary to your intentions and “pig out” when you eat. There must be congruency between your asking and your actions. Your thoughts, beliefs, words, and intentions dictate your actions giving you the results in your body, and in fact in every area of your life.
Another quick example: God’s Word is very clear about tithing (giving 10% of your income back to God). Over the years I have heard numerous people say, “I can’t afford to tithe, I don’t have enough money to do it.” When you understand what I have been sharing with you about the principle of asking, it clarifies a significant point about the concept of giving and our attitude around money. People who say, “I can’t afford to tithe, I don’t have enough money” are vibrating, “I don’t have enough money” and that is what they will continue to receive in their life, not enough money. There will never be enough money for such a person, because their focus is on, “lack of money.”
The act of giving is an expression of generosity and vibrates a frequency of having “more than enough.” When an individual, living from a focus of lack, comments with something like, “What do you think, money grows on trees?” They are transmitting a vibrational frequency of limited resources and that is what they will continue to get in their life, until they change their “asking.”
One other thing, God’s Word says, “God loves a cheerful giver.” If we are giving from a sense of sacrifice, we are coming from a place of lack. Sacrifice is not a feel good emotion and we want to feel good, right? That is why we should give and do so cheerfully.
The reason for these examples is to help you understand what the concept of asking is really about. It is more complex than simply saying a few words and calling it a prayer.