Judges 1:12-15 And Caleb said, “The one who attacks Kiriath-sepher and captures it, I will even give him my daughter Achsah for a wife.” 13 Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, captured it; so he gave him his daughter Achsah for a wife. 14 Then it came about when she came to him, that she persuaded him to ask her father for a field. Then she alighted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you want?” 15 She said to him, “Give me a blessing, since you have given me the land of the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.
This little story is recorded twice in the Bible, both in Judges 1:12-15 and Joshua 15:16-19.
This is a living lesson and beautiful parable on prayer.
If you want to pray successfully and receive the answer to your need, learn from Achsah.
LESSON #1 Realize What You Really Needed
Do you know what you REALLY need?
Achsah was newly married, and Caleb, her father gave her the land of the Negev to go with her to her husband.
The origin of the word ‘negev’ is from the Hebrew root denoting ‘dry’. It is a desert and semi-desert region of southern Israel.
The land would be of little use to Achsah and her husband, unless they had access to water springs.
If you don’t know what you really needed, you will pray vaguely, uncertainly, or wrongly.
James 4:1-3 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Achsah wasn’t being greedy, she was asking for what she needed.
Her father granted her request willingly and without hesitation. It was within his power to give and he knew it was a legitimate request.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
LESSON #2 Request of Your Father Boldly
Achsah first asked her husband to go ask her father for a field.
Othniel was a brave man, he fought and took a city. But he was bashful to request of his father-in-law.
When it comes to prayer, remember that you are not making request of an enemy, or a stranger; but we pray, “Our Father, who is in heaven.”
Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Caleb asked his daughter, “What do you want?”
Achsah asked for springs of water, so Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.
God appeared to Solomon and said, “Ask for whatever you want Me to give you.”
Solomon asked for wisdom, so God gave him wisdom, and also riches, honor and long life.
Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.” Elijah wasn’t God, but he was a powerful man of God.
Elisha said, “Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” So, double portion anointing came upon him, and he did double the miracles that Elijah did.
Our Father in heaven is asking you, “What do you want?”
If you know what you need, go to God boldly with your request.
Your Father in heaven loves to answer your request.
LESSON #3 Remember Past Blessings with Gratitude
Achsah said, “Give me a blessing, since you have given me the land of the Negev, give me also springs of water.”
Give me a blessing! Above all else, I want the Father’s blessing.
If He says, “You are blessed” then I’m blessed indeed!
Achsah remembered what the father had given her with gratitude.
Ingratitude shuts up the springs of blessings, whereas gratitude releases more blessings from the Lord.
Every blessing given contains the seeds of other blessings within it.
“Since You have given …, give me also …”
Since You have given me salvation, give me also the joy of salvation.
Since You have given me a job, give me also the wisdom and favour to excel in the job.
Since You have given me a family, give me also the love and strength to lead them to You.
Since You have given me a vision, give me also the faith and anointing to fulfil the vision.
Is your life dry and barren like a desert land?
Realize what you really needed
Request of your Father boldly
Remember past blessings with gratitude
Give me a blessings, give me also springs of living water!