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 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 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 good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7–11, NKJV)

            It is clear from this passage that God is not a distant God. He is directly involved in the lives of His children looking to provide for their every need, and even some desires. However, lest we misunderstand the words of Jesus to mean all people and all things, we need to look carefully at what He says in this passage.

            First of all Jesus refers to Him as our Father who is in heaven. Not every human being on this earth is a child of God. Oh, we are all His creation, but only a select few can actually claim to be Gods son or daughter.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” (John 1:12, NKJV)

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16, NKJV)

Who is it we are supposed to believe in? Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God. Not until we accept Jesus as the one who atoned for our sin and purchased our life with His death on the cross can we be considered children of God. And if we are not children of God, we have no right to ask Him for anything. If the kid next door comes over to ask me for the keys to my car so he can take his girl friend to the prom, I’m going to tell him to “get out of here, go ask your own dad.” However, if my own son asks me for the car so he can take a date to the prom, I might question him, or give him a hard time, but because he is my son I will give him the keys. “How much more,” according to the words of Jesus, “will our Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

            Which brings me to the second point I wish to make. How are we going to receive anything from our Father who is in heaven unless we ask? Oh, God sometimes lavishes gifts on us to our complete surprise, but I believe He is truly blessed when we ask so that we know He is listening and we can testify to the goodness of God in our lives. I wonder how much we don’t have because we don’t have the courage to ask Him. If it is bread you lack, ask Him. If it is finances you lack, ask Him. If it is healing you need, ask Him. How will you know what He intends to do for you unless you go out on a limb and simply ask. God doesn’t expect you to jump through hoops, He is simply asking you to believe.

            But before you think you can have anything you want, understand that God is the perfect Father in every sense of the word. If we are asking with selfish motives, He won’t give us what we want. If He sees something better for us by not answering our prayer than He won’t give us what we want; because His ultimate goal is to be glorified through our lives. And that occurs when we become more like Jesus. After all He saved us so we would no longer live self centered, self-consumed lives, but so that we would live for the Glory of His Son.

and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 1 Corinthians 5:15

            Will you ask Him today for the need you have. Remember, His love for and willingness to provide for you is not based on how good you are, but on how good He is.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019