In C.S. Lewis’s novel The Magician’s Nephew – the prequel to The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – the Great Lion Aslan sends Polly and Digory and their flying horse Fledge off on an important quest across the land of Narnia. But when night falls and they still haven’t reached their destination, the children grow hungry – and realize they have nothing to eat.
“Polly and Digory stared at each other in dismay.
‘Well, I do think someone might have arranged about our meals,’ said Digory.
‘I’m sure Aslan would have, if you’d asked him,’ said Fledge.
‘Wouldn’t he know without being asked?’ said Polly.
‘I’ve no doubt he would,’ said the Horse, (still with his mouth full [of grass]). ‘But I’ve a sort of idea he likes to be asked.’”
In Matthew 6:8, Jesus assured His disciples, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” But then He went on to give them instructions on how to pray.
In Matthew 7:7-8, He said clearly, “Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Psalm 62:8 urges, “Trust Him at all times… Pour out your hearts to Him.” James 4:2 explains, “You do not have, because you do not ask.” Our loving Heavenly Father knows everything His children need and He longs to give it to us – if only we’ll come to Him and ask.