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What’s the difference between testing God and asking God?

Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.  Deuteronomy 6:16
            Moses referenced a time when the people put God to the test.  They didn’t have water as the crossed the desert and argued with God.  Moses got frustrated wondering what he was going to do with these people.
 And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” Exodus 17:7
            The “test” had to do with forcing God to show his power and prove his existence or power.  We can’t boss God around or force him to show his hand or threaten to abandon him.  He is God and he will do what he wants to do when he wants to do it.
            It’s humbling enough that he’s willing to listen to us and hear our prayer requests.  We can’t be arrogant and tell him what to do.  We can always ask.