The Power of Asking

I recently completed another year of carrying on a tradition in my Spanish classroom. My students always look forward to the unit on issuing commands in Spanish. This is because, if they say it correctly, I allow my students to command me to do things. It gets a little crazy as they command me to do all kinds of crazy things. For example, I have had to sing songs by Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, perform the latest dances (I’m one of the worst dancers on this earth), and put a garbage can over my head. I don’t give money, but I have obliged with reaquests for candy, pizza, and ice cream.

This year was nice too because one student simply requested a lunch fiesta outside of the chaos of the cafeteria for her and four of her friends. She was very suprised that I obliged so easily to her request and those of others.

The above lesson is the one I wanted to convey to her, my classes, and now to you. Many were surprised that they received some nice rewards simply by asking. Knowing that they can receive such things, it’s a wonder that every 8th grader didn’t ask for something. However, it’s quite ironic that very few students asked. Part of this was because they didn’t know how to say it, or did not want to speak Spanish. I would think though, that some didn’t feel like they had the right to ask. They figured that they were not worthy of asking for even a large candy bar or cup of ice cream.

The above mentality represents many people in our society today. They don’t ask for or seek great things, simply because they don’t feel worthy. At one time I would put myself in that category. However, I learn more that to receive the blessings I am seeking, all I have to do is ask! That was my life lesson to these students. You can receive great gifts in life simply by politely asking. This was proven as students enjoyed the wonderful goodies they gained simply by asking for them.

Please know the same is true for you. Many times you can receive what you want simply by asking. People have received raises at their job simply by asking their boss. Many others receive blessings by asking God. Speaking of God, how many times does He promise in the Bible that He will bless us if we would only ask? Remember, you have not because you ask not.

Do you always get what you want just by asking? No, but that’s a good thing. I did not comply with all of my students’ commands. This was partially for budget reasons, but one of the guidelines is that the command won’t be harmful or embarrassing to someone else, or interrupt the learning environment in other classes. However, I still encouraged students to ask for anything because the worst I could say was no, but there was a chance they could receive what they wanted.

It’s the same for you. You may ask for something and will be told no. Still, why not ask? You never know the answer until you do. God will even say no to some of your prayers. If He does, please know it’s to avoid you or someone being harmed or embararrased. And please realize…unlike me, God has no budget! Know that He can do and provide anything for you. Many times He is simply waiting for you to ask.

Hopefully you get the message. If you want to receive or accomplish something, it is OK to ask! So please…ask! As my students found out, you can receive some unexpected gifts simply by asking for them. Since I have learned this, the blessings are multiplying in my life. They will for you too if you simply ask God in humble prayer, or if you ask people who can help you. We don’t need to get greedy, but we do need to know that it’s OK to ask for the things we want. And it will be more OK when we receive them. Enjoy the blessings πŸ™‚

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7 Responses to The Power of Asking

  1. Cosy Words says:

    Hi Joe, first of all, it would have been great to have someone like you as my Spanish teacher when I was in college. I think that having fun is the best way to learn. I also agree that most of the time, all we need to do is ask, but first we have to accept that we are all worthy of good.

    • joedalio says:

      Thank you! I do try to make things as fun as possible for them. It’s exactly as you say…seeing ourselves as worthy. Thanks for the wonderful comment πŸ™‚

  2. sharybary says:

    I needed this reminder. Sometimes we fail to give God praise for something because we forgot that we asked. Time lapsed between asking and receiving so coincidence got credit. I’m going to try to write down my prayer requests and start checking them off. I had just thought about this before reading this. Do you think He is trying to tell me something?

    • joedalio says:

      Sharon…thanks so much for the comment and for your excellent point. I’ve been down that road before where I forget I asked and don’t give the credit where it’s due. I also like the idea of the prayer journal to help prevent that. And yes, I am sure He is speaking to you. It’s happening to me so much lately where I’ll hear something and then read it in several other places. It’s definitely helping me become even more sensitive to His voice. Have an excellent day πŸ™‚

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