“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5
My children are like any other kids their age: they ask lots of questions. Some of those questions are things I know the answer to (“you don’t have any clean socks because you didn’t put them in the laundry”) and others I don’t (“if a train leaves Chicago at 5pm carrying an isosceles triangle…”). All kidding aside, as a parent, I try to answer their sincere questions the best I can. But I don’t have all the answers.
When those questions relate to issues of real importance, I know that God does know the answer. And He wants to answer them for us. I believe in a living God, our eternal Father in Heaven. He created our spirits and we lived in His presence before we came to this earth to experience mortality, make choices for ourselves, and learn to follow His commandments.
The scripture above explains what we can expect when we ask:
– “giveth to all men liberally”… He will not hold anything back. In fact, he WANTS us to ask questions of Him and he WANTS to answer. His answers come in the form of scripture and even the quiet whisperings of the Spirit.
– “upbraideth not”… He will not criticize or scold us for asking the questions in our hearts and minds about sacred things
He invites us to ask. His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior and taught us what we need to know to come closer to God. If you want to know if God listens to prayers and really answers them, ask Him.