3 Signs God Is Asking You, “Will You Allow Me to Bless You?”

Mark 10:36

Did you know that there are times God will ask for your permission before doing something?

Of course God doesn’t have to do this. He can do whatever he wants. And sometimes he doesn’t wait for us to answer. Sometimes he just blesses us without our consent.

And yet, as you will see through the Scriptures we will look at in this article, there are times where God will consult you before blessing you.

Therefore, here are 3 signs God is asking you, “Will you allow me to bless you?”

1. If Your Long Wait for This Blessing Has Tempted You to Lose Hope, God May Be Asking, “Do You Want Me to Bless You?”

John 5:5-6 states, “One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be healed?’”

It’s a strange question. Who wouldn’t want to be made well? And yet, sometimes we get so comfortable with what we don’t have, we give up looking for what we want. Thirty-eight years of hoping for a healing is a long time. It’s possible the man had given up. Before God blesses us, he often has to reawaken our desires so we can receive what he wants to give.

For example, perhaps you have always wanted to get married and you prayed and fasted and did everything you could think of to receive this blessing. But then, after decades of waiting, you began to let this hope go. You gave up. Deep in your heart you still want to be married, but you have also stopped trying because it hurts too much to keep getting disappointed. In a situation like this, it is certainly possible God is asking you, “Do you still want me to bless you with a spouse?”

Or maybe you have been struggling with an ongoing sin. Year after year, you promise God and yourself that you will finally let this go, only to get sucked back into it again and again. While you still know in your heart that you hate this sin, you may also have grown tired of repenting and failing; thus, you may no longer be repenting like you once were. God could be asking you, “Do you still want me to help you?”

He asks not because he needs it but because we need it. Without our willingness reawakened, we would often miss the blessing and not do what will be required to receive it.

2. If Something Is Happening in Your Life that Is Providing You with an Unusually Good Opportunity to Receive This Blessing You’ve Always Wanted, This Could Be the Lord Asking You, “Will You Let Me Bless You?”

In Mark 10, Jesus was passing by a blind beggar named Bartimaeus. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was passing by, he knew this was the chance he had been waiting for. He began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47). However, the crowds rebuked him and told him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:48). It was then when Jesus heard him and called him. Mark 10:51-52 then states:

And Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ And the blind man said to him, ‘Rabbi, let me recover my sight.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your faith has made you well.’ And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.”

Here again we have an example of Jesus asking this man what he wanted before blessing him. Bartimaeus knew that Jesus was passing by. He knew that if he didn’t do something, he would miss his chance. This opportunity wasn’t going to always be there. Jesus was present now, not later, but now.

Likewise, there are times in life where God presents you with an unusually good opportunity that you’ve never had before and that you might never have again to receive the blessing you have always wanted from him.

Yes, if you are alive, you can always cry out to God. He’s always ready to listen and receive us with grace. But it’s also true that our choices have consequences. If we don’t walk through the open doors God is providing for us, those doors won’t stay open forever.

Sometimes an opportunity in life is God asking you the question, “Will you let me bless you? Do you still want this? If so, act! Now is the time! Let me help you, but you need to take action.”

3. If You Are Asking for Something Specific that God Isn’t Granting You Right Now, He Could Be Asking, “Will You Let Me Bless You?”

What if God wants to bless you but not in the way you expected or wanted? Would you accept it? Or would you ignore his offer and just keep asking him for what you think is best for you?

In Mark 10:35-45, James and John come up to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you” (Mark 10:35). Jesus did not immediately agree. He asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:36). Before answering their request, in love, Jesus first wanted to hear what they wanted. He wanted to make sure it was good for them before he gave it.

Sometimes we think God is not answering our prayers because he’s neglecting us. But in truth, if God is not answering a prayer, it’s because he’s protecting us. He always wants to bless us, but he will always bless us with what is best for us. And sometimes we don’t know what that this. But he always does. Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Therefore, if God is not giving you what you want, he could also be asking you, “Will you allow me to bless you with what I know is best? Or are you going to miss out because you only want me to do what you think is best? I love you. Let me bless you.”

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Mark Ballenger

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