Asking God Questions
Some people may assume that it is irreverent to ask God questions. There may be certain questions that are irreverent, such as, “why?”, in some circumstances. But for the most part I think God welcomes questions, even invites us to ask Him more questions.
Why ask God more questions?
You will be able to get answers to your questions! God knows everything and has infinite wisdom so by asking Him questions you can tap into it. You will be able to get to know God better. You will be challenged to grow in your spiritual walk. Your faith will grow. You will be better able to serve Him.
Hindrances to asking more questions of God
You may be unsure of what questions to ask or even if it is o.k. to ask God questions (but I can assure you it is o.k.). You may be afraid of deception, of not being sure of what God’s voice sounds like. (This is a legitimate concern to some degree but the remedy is to talk and listen to God more, not less.)
Another hindrance could be that you are afraid of what the answer will be—that it may require an act of obedience that you are not prepared to do (again a legitimate concern but the remedy is not to stop asking but to re-affirm your allegiance to God, ask Him for help to obey and then believe that He will help you).
Lastly we can hindered by “busyness” or not taking the time to really converse with God properly. It takes time to talk and listen to God.
Sample questions to ask
I challenge you to start asking God more questions! Please be prepared to obey any answers you receive. It’s o.k. to ask even more questions if you do not understand what God is trying to say to you.
Please do not ask all of these questions at once! Be in a prayerful listening mode. It might be best to start by asking God which questions He wants you to ask of Him! Preface each question with the title of God that you feel most comfortable with, such as, Lord or Heavenly Father or Jesus…
- Right now, what thing to think, believe, pray, say or do is the most pleasing to You?
- Who do I need to forgive and for what?
- What do I need to repent of and how can I best do that?
- Is there anything in me that is not according to Your will, that has not been ordered by You or that is not entirely given up to You?
- How can I better represent Your love and kindness to the people around me today?
- How can I best use my strengths to serve You today?
- Are there things that I should add or delete out of my schedule today?
- Were there any times in my day that you were trying to speak to me that I missed?
- How can I better cooperate with Your Holy Spirit?
- What are You trying to teach me in this circumstance or in this passage of scripture?
- How can I better respond next time to this trial?
- Is there anything in particular I can do to allow myself to trust in You and Your great love more?
- If I really believed this truth, how would my behavior change?
- Where did I leave my keys (or glasses, or cell phone, whatever)?
I hope you can see that this is just the beginning of asking God questions. I encourage you to ask more questions of God. Let me know how it goes in the comment section below.