Matt. 7:7 Message Bible Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn't a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in. The Amplified Bible says, Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking and the door will be open to you. Friends, asking is God's idea. He wants you and I to come to Him with our wants, our needs and our desires. His greatest joy is to bless His children. Like any good parent, God wants the very best for us. Jm. 4:2 says, "You do not have because, you do not ask." This not only holds true with God, but also with those around us. When is the last time you asked for a raise, a discount on an item, an upgrade at a hotel, or maybe asked what would someone settle for on an outstanding bill or loan? We have not because we are intimidated or don't think we can ask. What can you lose if they say no, nothing at all. But what will you gain if they say yes? I challenge you to dream BIG, ask your Heavenly Father and also be bold and simply ask of others and believe for favor on your life.