Other deterrents from asking Some people do not ask Jesus for help because they do not believe that they will be answered. They only go through the motions, however, their unbelief keeps the answers from coming to them. Some feel too undeserving of Jesus’ help. They feel so unworthy as if Jesus only heals those who really do not need healing??? We may not deserve His healing, however, no one is too undeserving to receive His healing. Some people are simply afraid to ask Jesus for help, for fear He will reprimand them. They can point to examples in their lives when humans yelled at them for daring to ask for something. They assume Jesus will do the same. As far as I know, Jesus will not rebuke us for merely asking. He wants to help us. Some give up because their answer did not come in the way they expected. They wait and wait for a certain result, failing to realize when they have, indeed, received help. This reminds me of the following story: God Will Save Me A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately. A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.” The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.” As the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.” The floodwaters rose higher pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor. A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window. “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted. But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else! I have faith that God will save me!” The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop. A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, “Grab my hand and I will pull you up!” But the man STILL refused, folding his arms tightly to his body. “No thank you! God will save me!” Shortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned. When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?” And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?” –author unknown

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