How many times have you read Matthew 21:22 (Ask, believing you have received) and said, “Yeah, right! I’ve asked, but it’s not coming. So this verse just isn’t true!”
Actually, this verse is a kind of mystery – one of those hidden messages – and the clue is in the very word giving us the problem: ASK. We must look at that word from a spiritual perspective — a metaphysical interpretation. The word “Ask” should really be interpreted as “Declare.” From this perspective, an example would be asking the spigot for water, or asking the wall outlet for light. We may not understand the specifics of how the principles of running water or electricity work, but we know they are principles we depend on. We don’t go up to the sink, get on our knees, and beg for water. We simply “work the principle!”
In our work, we have long used a fun phrase as one of our basic principles for success: Don’t suffer from a pain in the Ask! Be sure you get that last word right – ASK!
Do you realize how fearful people are of asking? I once had a professor who said, “Ask questions! Here’s the deal: you can feel dumb for five minutes while you ask, or be dumb for a lifetime because you don’t ask!” Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?
So what does that have to do with our spiritual experiences? How does it relate to receiving all we ask for? What does it mean to ask, believing we have received? To understand that, you need to read between the lines, and see the word ASK as a word that holds three spiritual clues to how we are to “Declare.”
Affirm it! • See it! • Know it!
Affirm It! This means you speak it as if it is already a done deal … from a consciousness of abundance rather than from a consciousness of lack. Listen to the words you speak — they will tell you where your consciousness is! Are you focused on what you don’t have? Make the mental shift to affirming what it is you are seeking. Say it in positive terms, and say it with energy!
Affirming your requests transforms your magnetic field, so you actually begin attracting your desires to you. Now here’s a little secret: instead of affirming a specific outcome, try affirming the essence of what you want. (For example, instead of affirming ”I am receiving a raise,” affirm “I am financially free, with all my bills paid and plenty to share and spare.” Instead of affirming “I no longer suffer from asthma,” affirm “I have now transcended all patterns of illness. I am free and healthy!”)
See It! This represents the art of visualizing yourself actually embodying the essence of what it is you are asking for. Visualizing is often misunderstood, because not everyone sees pictures. There are many ways to “visualize” or “see” what you are declaring. For example: Imagine one of us offering to come wash all the windows at your home! All we need to know is how many windows you have in your house.
What are you doing right now? You are counting windows! Some folks close their eyes and actually see themselves in their home. Others are talking to themselves as they talk through their home; others get a sense of the windows. However you were counting windows gives you a clue as to how you prefer to “visualize.” There’s no one right way!
Know It! This is the clincher! The knowing from deep within – where you know that you know that you know! It is the knowing that allows you to simply turn the faucet to get water – to hit the switch knowing you will get light. Imagine if we had that same kind of belief about our spirituality, and the Truth Principles!
There’s a classic clinical story I still remember learning about years ago in an Abnormal Psychology course. The story is of a young man who suddenly believes he is dead — a walking corpse. His exasperated parents struggle with him, and finally arrange an appointment with a highly respected New York City psychiatrist. The psychiatrist tried his professional best to convince the young man that he was not a corpse, and that he was certainly not dead.
The two men fruitlessly argued the point back and forth. Finally the psychiatrist had an idea he was certain would convince the young man that his belief was erroneous. The psychiatrist turned to the young man and asked, “Do you think dead people bleed?” The young man thought about this for a moment, then answered: “No, all body functions have stopped when you’re dead. So there would be no blood flowing.”
The psychiatrist then took a needle from his desk and pricked the young man’s finger. The young man gasped and stared at his finger in amazement. “Well,” he finally stammered. “I’ll be darned. Dead people DO bleed!” His belief was so powerful that logical evidence had no influence over it at all.
So, let’s go back to Matthew 12:22 ~ Ask, believing, and you will receive. Don’t suffer from a pain in the ASK! A = Affirm it, S = See it, and K=Know it! Together, they create a declaration! Then all we need to do is take action ~ and indeed, we will receive! And that’s when we know we truly are walking the spiritual path on practical feet!
About the Authors: Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics combined with the teachings of Jesus, and a zest for ministry, and you have defined Revs. Bil & Cher Holton, the dynamic duo who serve as co-ministers for Unity Spiritual Life Center, Durham, NC. This exciting couple bring their love for Truth Principles to everything they do, and work together to create a center that lives its vision and mission in everything it does.They are prolific authors, and share their metaphysical and spiritual principles through their website: http://www.TheMetaphysicalBible.com