Here is a trick question: Would the answer to the two questions below ALWAYS be the same?
Can I ride my bike?
May I ride my bike?
Not always! The first question asks about ability; the second asks about permission. Asking the right question is the only way to get the right answer. When we pray about something we want to do, we need to ask God if we may do it.
Jesus came to give us freedom, so asking if we can do something is not the best question. The Apostle Paul explains:
You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’–but not everything is good for you. And even though ‘I am allowed to do anything,’ I must not become a slave to anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12
Throughout Scripture, God tells us “Be holy because I am holy.” God wants us to be like Him. Asking God “may I, instead of can I,” allows Him to give His best to us. Choosing to do only what will glorify God is choosing God’s best. Choosing to do something because you can may rob you of something better!
When have you chose not to do something you could, so you could enjoy something better?