In the midst of a barrage of generally grim headlines I recently came across an interesting article which detailed some of the strange requests that hotels get from their guests.
Ranging from down-right weird to silly, the requests and queries people made went far beyond asking for extra towels or help with one’s bags.
For instance, someone actually asked if they could have a spare bed put in the room for their child’s invisible friend, while another person asked for a bag of soil from Liverpool’s Anfield stadium.
While I was initially amused at some of these over-the-top requests, it actually got me thinking about the audacity that those people must have had to even utter such outlandish pleas.
Indeed, while I don’t quite agree with what they were asking for, I must admit that there is something quite commendable in their sheer boldness.
As a person that doesn’t find it easy to voice my requests and generally likes to try and sort things out by myself, I’ve certainly had things that I didn’t even bother/dare to pray to God about because it felt a bit silly or ‘extra’ to be asking.
While I’m aware that God technically knows all of my thoughts and desires, it can still be a bit hard for me at times to even utter certain prayers.
It’s in such moments that I need to remember that we’ve been exhorted to come to God confidently, not only because He cares but also because He understands and can actually empathise with us and so nothing I ask will shock or phase God.
As it says in Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV
“This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
And moreover we have been encouraged to
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you” Matt 7:7 NIV
So no matter what our requests are, God actually expects us to boldly bring them all to Him.
Of course we know that God isn’t a hotel concierge who is contractually bound to fulfil all of our whims, yet we can rest assured in that fact that He is an all-wise, loving father who delights in us and has promised to give us a hope and a future.
Therefore as we make request in line with His will and His word let us not hold back but confidently keep on asking knowing that He
“is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Eph 3:20 NIV
Written by Nkumbu Mutambo (Hope City Newcastle) as part of the SHE IS Collective Blog Series