May 28

Asking vs. Desiring

Have you ever thought about the difference between Asking and Desiring? Maybe you’ve always thought that they’re the same. Should you ask God for spiritual gifts?

This post should answer those questions. Punch the enemy for no reason at all:boxing_glove:and Let’s begin…

There is a difference

First let me establish the difference…

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you - Matthew 7:7 KJV

The Bible says “ask” and it shall be given to you. Notice it says, “ask”

Now let’s look at desiring

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy - 1 Corinthians 14:1

Here the Bible does not say ask spiritual gifts, it says desire spiritual gifts :astonished:

Let’s see another verse..

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. - Psalm 37:4

Again, the Bible says that God will give us what? what we ask for? NO! “the desires of your heart”

Now, you might think this is just English, nothing to worry, but no, the Greek words used have a massive difference.

The word used for ask is ‘aiteó’ which means to ask, request or beg but the word used for desire is ‘zéloó’ which literally means to be jealous and eager to possess.

Please read those meanings well, at least twice.

Spiritual Gifts

The TL;DR is you should desire Spiritual gifts and not ask God for them

Have you ever had people tell you that you should pray and ask God for a certain Spiritual gift? Let’s, for instance, take the Gift of Tongues, I have always had people tell me to pray for that Gift.

Although I have the gift now, but I want to let you know that I never prayed for it. I always only desired it. At intercessions, I would envy people that spoke in tongues. Whenever I was in Church, I would admire Pastor Michael Fernandes, I would envy him when he spoke in tongues :blush:

So, the TL;DR is you should desire Spiritual gifts and not ask God for them. There are things (according to the Bible) that you must ask but Spiritual gifts aren’t part of those things.

Understanding the difference

…you cannot desire what you have not seen or heard about but you can ask what you have not even seen

Understand this first, you cannot desire what you have not seen or heard about but you can ask what you have not even seen. What?! How?! :confused:

Have you ever desired a BMW Vision 10? I’m sure you have not. Why? Simply because you don’t know what it is and neither have you ever seen it. (I just made up that car name nothing like that exists :rofl:)

But see you can ask for anything, you can ask for things that you haven’t even seen. This is why we can ask God to show himself to us, even though we have never seen him before yet asking works here. You asked for milk as an infant when you didn’t even know what it actually was.

Why desire?

…what you desired with all your life, you will value more when you receive it

But why does God want you to desire? Because when you receive what you desired truly, only then it can become a testimony in your life. How, Danyl?

Imagine if you’re desiring an iPhone - an Apple device but instead of an iPhone you are gifted the best of class phone but its an Android phone. There’s no way you’ll be happy because no matter how expensive the Android phone is, you desired for something else :stuck_out_tongue:

When God gives you what you desire (Psalm 37:4) it becomes a sure shot testimony in your life because you know much you’ve desired and how patiently you have waited for it

Final Words

Here are some things from my own experience, that might help

Now finally but most importantly, Delight yourself in the Lord. You can desire as much as you want but God alone can fulfil desires. God bless you! Shalom.