Ask & You Shall Receive

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8

(I totally looked that up.)

“Ask and you shall receive” is an expression we often hear thrown around as casually as “your wish is my command.” While a wish-granting genie is fun to consider, there is actual truth in asking for and receiving assistance from the Divine.

This week I reached a milestone: Day 300 of Paying It Forward every day for a year. In honor of the occasion, I wanted to give away $300. But I was struggling to find a stranger (a self-imposed condition) to give the money to mainly because I was struggling to sustain a conversation long-enough to establish trust. Not my trust in them, but their trust in me. From my experience in the 299 days leading up to day 300, many strangers didn’t understand why I wanted to buy them lunch, or a coffee, or what-have-you, so they’d politely declined my offer. Giving away $300 was proving to be an even bigger challenge.

After wandering around a crowded street engaging in several conversations, I silently prayed to the Holy Spirit. I asked for help identifying an opportunity for the day’s giveaway.

The ask was concise, clear and with good intention. By the end of the hour, the Divine’s direction was given, received, and taken.

So what does “Ask and you shall receive” mean? It means that the Holy Spirit is listening, and when we ask a question and our intentions are aligned with bettering ourselves or others, we receive guidance often in the form of intuition and solid (though it can be subtle) direction. 

I may have lost some of you at the mere mention of Holy Spirit, a Holy Name most often used in organized religions. But I’m not talking about any one denomination. Or appealing just to the people who pray in churches, or mosques, or synagogues. I am referencing the Holy Spirit – one of the common denominators across nearly all formal religions. It doesn’t matter what that Name means to us personally, because the Holy Spirit loves and listens to us in any form. We need not even have any association with the Name. Because the Holy Spirit is there for us always, even if we don’t acknowledge Its presence or know Its purpose, or simply prefer to call It something else, like Eywa (can you name the movie reference?).

The only need is to ask with good intention and listen/look for the reply. That’s it. It’s so blaring simple, that it’s shockingly easy to forget. We are wired to think we need to work hard, or be good, or believe in something in order to receive something in return. But the truth is that the Holy Spirit only needs your well-intended request.

How do I know this? From personal experience. But don’t trust my word for it. Try it for yourself. There is no shame in asking for help, there’s only assistance. Moreover, aside from the request needing to be well-intended, there are no restrictions, stipulations, pre-requisites, preconditions, tryouts, guidelines,  weight limits, or application fees. It’s available for everyone! And it’s free. And easy. And powerful. And amazing. And it’s something I need to remember to do more often, so thank you for the reminder. 🙂

Day 300 – Paying It Forward – Watch the video below.

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