“Remember me with favor, my God, for all I have done for these people.” – Neh 5:19
God is ready to bless those who follow Him. He does not always bless in the way we think, but He does bless those who ask it of Him. Here we have Nehemiah calling on God’s favor and remembrance of his actions. For God to look on someone with favor is to call on a blessing from God.
In our own lives, do we ask for blessings from God? It may seem selfish or self-centered, but is it really. In many cases, both NT and OT, where people call upon the blessings of God. Take for instance the centurion who called on Jesus to heal his child or the Israelites who called out in captivity to Egypt. Asking for blessing from God is very Biblical, Jesus Himself tells us in prayer we are ask for blessing, “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matt 6:11)
Blessings from God are His provision in our lives. He will ensure what that we have what we need in life. The promise is true for all those who have call Him, Lord. And it must be asked for because if we never ask, God will not force His blessings on us.
We must ask for the blessing. This is one of the great things we can do in prayer. And when asking we must be specific. Our relationship with God is no different than our relationship with people. If my wife wants me to bring her a Dr. Pepper while I am in the kitchen, she doesn’t ask me to just bring her something out of the kitchen, no she is specific. Otherwise I might bring her a snack, but more likely, knowing me, I would bring her a plate or an empty cup. (lol)
With God, be specific, it is a part of participating in relationship with Him. So, today, as you pray, reach out to Him and ask for that specific blessing you need in your life.