At least three times a day in my kindergarten classroom, I have students that either come up to me or raise their hand, and after I say, "Yes, what do you need?", they either just stand there looking at me, point their foot at me, or hold up something.
I know exactly what they need, I just look at them and say, "What do you need from me"?
They then tell me that they need help zipping their coat, or tying their shoe, or opening a food item for breakfast. I know what they need before they say one word, but I want them to use their words and say it.
I want them to get comfortable asking me for help with the little things, so that they will feel comfortable coming to me with the things that may be a bit harder for them to ask for help about.
I believe that God is always there for us and wants to help us when we're in need. But how often is it that we want God's help but we don't ask? I know for me it comes down to a few things.
In some situations I tend to act like my students, holding up a pack of graham crackers in front of the Lord. I know God knows what I need so I feel like I don't need to say it. In other situations, I feel like I've been asking God over and over again for the same thing and He's probably tired of me asking. Other times, just being honest, I get lazy. I like to listen more than I like to talk, so it takes effort for me to pray and there are times when I just don't feel like it.
But just like I want my students to be able to verbalize their needs to me, I believe that God wants the same from us. Here are some reasons why I believe God wants us to tell Him what we need:
- He wants us to communicate with Him as a way of building our relationship with Him
- He wants us to know and be sure of what we want
- He wants us to get comfortable asking Him for help; He wants us to rely more on Him than on ourselves.
May we be bold enough and brave enough to ask the Lord for exactly what we want and need and have the faith that He will come through.