Ask for What?
We can present our requests to God, in faith, but what, or who, are we supposed to be asking for?
Requests go both ways: giving and receiving.
Here we are instructed to give. It is implied that we do this wisely, and God will reward us. It also indicates that we receive as we give.
Luk 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Next is who gets, and should not get, what we give:
Pro 21:13 Whoso stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
Pro 22:16 He that oppresses the poor to increase his [riches, and] he that gives to the rich, [shall] surely [come] to want.
And sometimes, we need to ask, but what we ask for needs to be based on scripture as well. We do not ask for things, but for Someone.
Luk 11:9 ¶ And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Luk 11:10 For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks, it shall be opened.
Luk 11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if [he ask] a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Luk 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Luk 11:14 ¶ And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spoke; and the people wondered.
If we show no charity, and do not give to others, we should not expect anything back from God. (Prov 21:13)
I would also add here that we should not look to others to give back to us, but we should to look to God as the giver.
This is not senseless giving, or to those who already have plenty, but to those who really lack, and need help.
In fact, if we give to the rich, we will actually end up more poor than before we gave. So investing in the rich is a bad investment. (Prov 22:16)
When we ask for something, because we need to receive ourselves, we should not ask for money, or things.
We are to ask for the presence and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, who will guide us into all truth.
Once He is in our lives, then He will bring the right things our way.
Jesus knew we needed the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is He that leads us into all truth.
If we know the truth about what we need, we will have the wisdom to ask for what we need, and receive it.
If we don’t have truth and wisdom, then we will ask amiss, and not receive what we need.
So, the answer is a WHO, not a WHAT.