Jesus told his disciples he would “be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. They didn’t understand what he was saying, however, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant (Mark 9:31-32).”
I’m not sure why they were afraid to ask. But I am sure that we don’t have to be afraid to ask Jesus anything.
He invites us to “come boldly to the throne of our gracious God (Hebrews 4:16).”
Use Paul’s appeal to Philemon as a model for presenting requests to God. “I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing to do. But because of our love, I prefer simply to ask you. Consider this as a request from me–Paul, an old man and now also a prisoner for the sake of the Lord Jesus. I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. . . . Please do me this favor for the Lord’s sake (Philemon 8-10, 20 NLT).
Here’s what we learned:
–Be polite. Ask nicely.
–Don’t demand. Request, boldly.
–GIve a moral, logical backing for your request. “It is the right thing to do.”
–Appeal to God’s kindness and love. Love motivates God. “For God so loved the world that he gave . . . (John 3:16).”
—Approach the Lord with humility. “I’m an old man and a prisoner. . .”
–Make your request for the Lord’s sake.