"At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come...for you are greatly beloved."
When we need something from God, I mean really need something, what sort of response do we expect from the Most High? How do we perceive His posture toward us? Do we see a God "afar off", arms crossed, awaiting our polished prose and practiced petitions for help? Is the assumption that we must make our case with carefully measured monologues, forty day fasts, lobbying, as it were, for even an audience with our Leige? Do we feel the need to pound down Heaven's door to be heard? ..........Remember, it is He who stands at our door and knocks........
Here's the deal: We ask, God answers. The answer may not show up for awhile; we may attribute it's arrival to our dutiful self-deprecating demonstrations, assuming our song and dance finally warranted the Almighty's attention, but the truth is, God sets an answer in motion the moment we ask, sometimes before we ask ("Before they call, I will answer"-Isaiah 65:24). We have a God who is "ready to save" (Isaiah 38:20), an "In The Beginning" God, a God who answers not based on our "righteous deeds", but based on His mammoth mercies (Daniel 9:18).
So next time you need something, really need something, just ask;
the answer may already be on its way.
"Do not fear...for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come..."