The Power of the Ask
Posted: Oct 4, 2011 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

There are lots of things I love about living in Florida. I love the weather. I love the lifestyle. I love fishing. I love being able to tell my northern friends that I live in Florida. Along with the things I love about living in Florida comes a shorter list of things that I don’t like very much. I don’t like the traffic. I don’t like the beach. (It’s a strong dislike of sand thing……….you wouldn’t understand.) I don’t like the bugs and I really don’t like having to mow my grass every other day.

But of all the things I don’t like, there is one part of living in Florida that I really dislike most of all. I don’t like having to watch the Bucs and Dolphins play every week during NFL season. Now this is absolutely nothing against either one of these teams or their fans. I’m just not one. Because I am from Chicago, I have been forever cursed by being born into a family that roots for Chicago sports teams. That means I get to watch the Cubs and Bears lose every year.

I should say, that means I get to watch updates at halftime of the Bears games because local tv contracts tell me that I will be watching the Bucs or the Dolphins. I am a Directv customer which means I have the option of ordering the NFL ticket which if you didn’t know, gives the customer the ability to watch any of the NFL games no matter where they may live. Sounds like a great thing to me! A few weeks ago, I called Directv to find out how much the NFL ticket would cost. The lady informed me that the cost would be $300. Ouch. As much as I love watching the Bears on Sunday’s, I don’t $300 like it.

I politely told the lady that I couldn’t pay that much but I appreciated her time. She asked me, “What would it take to get you to reconsider?” I responded by saying that I would buy it for $100. To my surprise, she said ok! I was ecstatic! I felt as if I had negotiated the deal of a lifetime. I shared the “good news” with Julie that I just saved us $200 on our tv bill! She didn’t see it that way. Apparently that type of logic only applies when girls “save” money when getting a “deal” for some new clothes.

What’s the point of all of this? 2 things. First of all, I wanted to brag about my incredible negotiating skills. Ok…….maybe not. 2nd of all, this reminds me of the verse in James 4 that tells us the reason we don’t have what we are seeking is that we have not asked God for it. It follows up by saying that even in the situation we do ask, we ask with wrong motives. I love the fact that we serve a God that WANTS us to ask Him for things.

Of course we don’t always get everything we want. That really isn’t the point though. The reason God wants us to ask Him for things is because He wants more than anything else a relationship with you. He wants you to talk to Him. He wants to know what is important to you. And even though, sometimes in His infinite wisdom He doesn’t give us what we ask for, we can be sure that His love never fails. Like a loving parent who sometimes says no to their children, God sometimes tells His kids no especially when He knows He has something better waiting in the wings.

If I never asked the Directv lady for the $200 discount, I never would have been able to watch the Bears lose every week like I get the privilege to now. If you need a miracle in your life today, make sure you take the first step. Ask God for it. You never know, He may say Yes.

With Expectancy!

Corey
corey@firstassemblywest.com