When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong
motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures." (James
" When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this
condition for a long time, he asked him, `Do you want to get well?`"
(John 5:6 NIV)
Jesus asked this man "Do you want to be made well?" Of course he did!
Wouldn't you? Why did Jesus ask a question like this when its answer
was so obvious? It seems the Lord wanted to hear him verbalize his
In the biography of George Mueller, a strong man of God who
established orphanages throughout England in the 1800's and raised
the kids in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, this amazing man
relied upon God for every single need that he faced without ever
making any financial appeals.
He laid before the Lord every aspect of these orphanages. He prayed
for the locations, the buildings, and the furniture to fill them, the
workers to run them, and everything else he could think of. When the
first orphanage was ready, Mueller realized one major thing was
lacking â?? orphans! He forgot to ask the Lord to provide the orphans!
Sometimes the obvious things just smack us in the face, don't they?
On several occasions, I've found myself in this very position! Silly
me â?? I forgot to ask!
The Lord is asking us today, "Do you want to be made well?" Whether
it be physical healing, spiritual, emotional or financial healing, no
thing is too great or too small for our Lord! Perhaps we've just
forgotten to ask Him!