Can I Ask a Favor?
Can I ask you a favor?
- Tell me the truth: should I get these shoes?!
- Could you grab me a water bottle?
- Would you run to the store and pick up bananas?
- Mom, would you have time to edit a paper for me if I sent it to you?
- Would you pray for me?
- I hate to ask, but would you be able to take my kids to practice?
- Could I bother you for a second….would you taste this?
- I have a trip and wondered if you would be able to stay with our kids while I’m gone.
- Do you have a second to talk; I really need to run something by you?
Because my brain wakes up in Indy 500 gear every morning, it is critical for me to start my day renewing my mind, focused on Jesus, thus setting my thinking for the day. Therefore, my morning routines consists of listening to a podcast sermon/message.
I listened this week to one about prayer and the word FAVOR jumped out at me; it stopped me in my tracks. When I pray, I ask for protection and blessing and healing, all the “normal” requests. But FAVOR – that’s a completely different perspective.
Examples of FAVOR in a sentence: (reference)
- I drove her to the airport because I owed her a favor.
- She’s willing to help you but only as a favor to me.
- Don’t do me any favors. I don’t need your help.
- I’ve learned to be grateful for small favors.
- He’s trying to earn the boss’s favor by working late.
- The judge showed favor for the defendant.
- The students naturally showed favor toward their own school’s team.
- Small boxed of candy were given out as favors at the wedding.
GOD and FAVOR? Combine those two and my perspective shifts; I become overwhelmed by the depth. Think about this. What if you had the opportunity to say each morning to your boss, your child’s teacher, those who will spend the day with the people you love: “Would you look with favor on them today”? What meaning does that have in your heart?
Quick example, as a mom, we are rarely sick and when we are, we absolutely pretend we are not!! Why, because there’s no time, because not only will things not get done, they will pile up so there will be MORE work when we feel better. (All moms are nodding and laughing right now.) BUT when our children or spouses get sick, we give them grace and we take care of them-we look with favor on them.
Let’s dare to dream a moment: What if every mom who started feeling sick would get to make this proclamation: “Hear ye, hear ye, family…Will you look with favor on me while I am sick? AND just to be clear, here’s what that really means.”
- You will allow me to lay in bed, undisturbed (this means, please do not ask where we keep the peanut butter; it’s been in the same place for the past year).
- You will take care of everything in the house: laundry, dishes, homework, feeding the dog, without my assistance/approval.
- You will know just what I need, when I need it and how much of it I need and thus provide it to me.
Yes, that’s worthy of pause and reflection!!
This is what God means by favor – it’s that amazing and REAL!
Job 10:12 – You have granted me life and favor, and Your care has preserved my spirit.
Psalm 5:12 – For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.
Psalm 23:5-6 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Numbers 6:25-26 – The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
2 Corinthians 9:8 – And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
THIS is true FAVOR. It is so much deeper than our quick, “Hey can you do me a favor?” God does know exactly what we need, when we need it, how much we need. He is our provider of favor; He looks with favor on us 24/7, 365 days a year without ceasing. That’s a take-your-breath-away thought, isn’t it? Yes, in case you’re curious, I have added favor to my prayer life; for myself and those for whom I am praying! (No, I didn’t get those shoes!) Life-changing perspective this week!