Updated: Jul 25, 2019
So I don't do well with hints. I'm HORRIBLE with them. The night that my wife and I got together, I nearly botched it, because she was hinting, and I wasn't getting it. To this day, I still don't do hints well, and it can be a cause of frustration between us both. When I have something to say, I just come out and say it. I like to be direct. To a degree, I think that is how God wants to us to be with him as well. Think on it a moment: God knows our hearts, and we try and beat around the bush when coming to Him with a need. When my children ask me for something, I want them to tell me what is need, not go in to a long story about the needs in their life, how they're doing, and what is new with them, nor do I like a bunch of empty flattery. I just wish to know their needs, and often I know what they'll ask before they ask it. In James, he tells us this: " 5If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. " (From James 1).
In other words: Out with it! Say what is needed! Petition the Lord! Don't ask for selfish things, but let the Lord know your needs. Jesus put it this way: "18 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18). And elsewhere: 5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence[a] he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for[b] a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11) If you need. Ask! Your Father is waiting for you to express your heart.