If you don’t ask, you don’t get. (Stevie Wonder, musician and songwriter)

Wonder’s statement is simple, yet profound. It raises the question, “Why don’t we ask for something we want?” Perhaps we need the answer to a question, but we think we’ll appear ignorant if we ask it. Maybe it’s because we’ve asked and been denied many times. Or, maybe we’re asking with selfish or improper motivation. Be thoughtful about what you ask for.

O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. (Psalm 86:5)