“You do not have, because you do not ask.” James 4:2
There is always a tension in making a request, raising money, or striking a deal, over the right amount. After an agreement is sealed, we can wonder, “Did I ask enough? Would they have given/done more? Could I have paid less?” With Jesus, it’s always better and more. A limited view of Him, usually blurred by human supposing and practicality, maybe by unworthiness and weak faith, limits yield and expectation in our asking. The key is to focus on the Giver.
When the young King Solomon asked God for wisdom to rule, God lavished on him riches, honor, and long life also. When the Queen of Sheba came to Solomon bearing extravagant gifts, she was overcome. “When she had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her. And King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all that she desired, whatever she asked besides what was given her by the bounty of King Solomon.” (1 Kings 3; 10:4-5,13) She learned you can’t out-give a King.
When the lame-from-birth beggar in Acts 3 sees Peter and John, he asks for alms, and is stunned by their generous reply. “Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!’ And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.” He never expected this!
Bountiful God, You supply generously according to your riches in Christ Jesus. Your thoughts and ways are higher than mine. When I have need, give me boldness to ask according to all You have and are, for I know You delight to answer. To You who are able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to You be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Philippians 4:19; James 1:5; Isaiah 55:8-9; Ephesians 3:20-21)