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Sometimes, even when we are very well in touch with our needs and wants, it's hard to know how to ask, or even what to ask, to get what we are looking for.

Maybe a good first request is for help in putting our questions into words, our feelings into verbal expression.

Reach out now to God and ask. Just ask, then see where the asking leads you.

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Listen

So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Luke 11:9-10

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Think

Have you ever been afraid to ask for something? Maybe there’s a friendly guy in your geometry class you would love to ask to the dance. Maybe you’re six months into your job as a sandwich artist at Subway and you want to ask for a raise. Sometimes asking induces fear, nervousness, and a whole lot of sweat.

Sometimes we are even afraid to ask God questions. We are scared our questions are too big or too small. We start to believe God can only be approached with an exclamation point faith, when in reality God also welcomes question marks, periods, and commas.

God loves each of us in particular. After all, God knows how many hairs are on our heads. Even when we are afraid — even when the question seems too big or too small — God wants to hear from us. God wants us to ask. A wise friend taught me that God is bigger than all our questions.

Go to God with questions. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Katie McKown

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Pray

God, thanks for welcoming my questions, and all forms of punctuation. Amen.

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Go

Go ahead and ask.
Just ask,
Then see where the asking takes you.

You may learn the answers are
Just what you hope for.

You may just as likely find your way
To even more questions.

In either case, keep asking.
Just ask,
Then see where the asking takes you.

Katie McKown

Katie McKown serves as pastor of Scottsville Baptist Church in Scottsville, Virginia. Katie loves the church, reading, traveling, Washington Nationals baseball, and general merriment and fun.

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