“Ask” is such a small word… But when we understand what it sometimes refers to – the effect can be a powerful thing.
Now what I mean by that.. is the fact that the little word “ask” in the New Testament .. has more than one use or meaning!… So let me explain when the original Greek word for “ask” has such a powerful effect: ….
To begin this explanation – I will tell you that there are at least five different Greek words used in the New Testament.. all of which are very often translated “ask.” Here are 5 different Greek meanings for the word “ask” ….
- Ask.. as a question (to ascertain by inquiry)
- Ask.. as a request or favor
- Ask.. as a search for something hidden; investigate
- Ask.. as a petition for help; beseech
- And finally the “ask” we are going to focus on here – which is “to call for something due; to require (see #154 & #4441 in Strong’s Concordance)
In Matthew 11:12, Jesus gave voice to some very interesting words….”From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence (to crowd into); and the violent (a forcer) take it by force” (to seize, catch away by force, to take for oneself.) It is the taking by force – the seizing that the “ask” (Strong’s Greek #154) refers to… “calling for what is due” – from the Kingdom of God. You are not resisting God, but the forces of darkness – the “authority and jurisdiction of darkness” from which we’ve been delivered (Colossians 1:12-14) !
Why “seize” it?… You must actively take hold of what God has promised – because “your adversary the devil” (I Peter 5:8) will not sit passively while you receive all the things that belong to you as a believer in the Kingdom of God!... The Word of God is very clear about that in Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8 – in the parable of the sower – which tells us that any time we have a promise from God, the enemy comes immediately to snatch the word of promise away from us – to keep us from receiving it. That is where we must not be passive! But we must stand (which is an active upright position) – holding forth the word of promise in faith – against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:10-13). It is an active resistance – not as those who lie stretched out passively under his influence while the enemy takes their goods….
And thus, we are back to the scripture on seizing the Kingdom of God by force – which does not mean that we are to be forceful and demanding with God! … No, indeed .. “for it is His good pleasure to give us the benefits of belonging to His Kingdom (Luke 12:32)… What we are being told is to “ask” (#154) – call for what is due! It is like when you are writing a check on an account that belongs to you… You don’t get nasty with the bank – and they aren’t upset with you for “calling for” what belongs to you! Indeed the bank is working with you… And so is God!! It’s all for the increase of His Kingdom – and His plan is to increase you too – i.e. “blessed to be a blessing”… That’s how God the Father operates… He would like to touch a lot of people through you that aren’t open to Him any other way!
We are talking about a whole lot more than money here.. because we are co-laborers together with God in establishing His Kingdom on earth. We have a part to do.. because He has “given (assigned or appointed) the earth to man – for a season of time. (Psalm 115:16) Indeed, in Genesis 1, God the Father – in His sovereignty – chose to give the authority over the earth to man.. Then after man “fell” from his place of relationship and fellowship with God – God made a way to get man’s authority.. directed by God.. back into the earth – i.e. He made a way to reconcile man back to Himself by Jesus Christ.
Now we know that when any man receives Jesus, that man becomes a citizen of God’s Kingdom – but as a man – he still has God given authority on the earth…to the end that he can co-labor with God to establish the kingdom of God on the earth. This is the place where we must “call for what is due.” God is the powerful one that set everything in place (Is God sovereign or what!!)… But He needs us to use our God given authority in the earth to “call for” the things that we need to live according to His will and do His bidding….
This is when and where it is right to 154 – “Ask” – call for what He has promised – so that He can “supply all our needs” in and through our relationship with Christ Jesus. He doesn’t count it as a request, but as a call for what is due His sons and daughters who live to please Him and see His will done on the earth. This is when “ask” is more than a request!
Note: The Greek word for “Ask” #154 – is used more in the New Testament than any of the other Greek words for “Ask”. Here’s just a few examples of the 154 Ask ….
John 16:23,24,26,30 James 1:5,6 James 4:2,3 I John 3:22
“Hitherto have you asked nothing in My name – ask (154) and you shall receive – that your joy may be full.” John 16:24 !!