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Thursday, June 23, 2016

God Is Waiting for Me to Ask

In review of Matthew 7:11 it says, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

Bottom Line:
If we as parents know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more will our heavenly father give us when we ask.

What this means to me:
Even being a sinful man, I know how to give good gifts to my family. I need to realize that the God of the universe is ready to give good things to me when I ask.

Today's passage comes from Matthew chapter 7 where Jesus is teaching about effective prayer. He tells us to ask and we will receive, seek and we will find, knock and the door will be opened. If we as parents know how to give good gifts to our children and we are sinful, how much more will our heavenly father give us when we ask.

God is really the source of everything. Everything I see in the world and everything I can’t see in the world and in the universe, God has made. He’s the source of every good thing in the universe.

As I depend on God as my source for everything, there are four truths I need to keep in mind:

First, everything is a gift from God. Nothing I have, have I earned. It’s all a gift of God’s grace. If God didn’t want to give it, I wouldn’t have it. James 1:17 tells me, “Every good and perfect gift is from above” (NIV). Perhaps that’s why the Lord’s Prayer in this third phrase starts with the word “give.” “Give us this day our daily bread.” It is a gift. I can’t earn it.

Second, there’s nothing I need that God can’t provide. I don’t know what I’m going to need the rest of this year. But whatever it is, God has the power to supply it. Philippians 4:19 reminds me: “. . . My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (NIV). Glorious resources means as lavish as only God can lavish. God has unlimited resources.

Third, God wants to give me everything I need. Matthew 7:11 says, “If you ... know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11 NIV) God wants to meet my need.

Fourth, He’s waiting on me. If I have needs in my life that are not being met, it’s not God’s fault. I’m not waiting on God. He’s waiting on me! The problem is not that God doesn’t want to meet my need; the problem is that I never ask him for it. James 4:2 says, “. . . You do not have because you do not ask God.”

This is a great reminder for me as I thinking through something in the future. I need to not just wish but be clear in my request and bring it to God to ask him to help me, if he thinks it's best for me to accomplish it.

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