Thank you Mary Southerland for today’s message:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 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 ~ Matthew 7:7-11, NIV
I usually have a list of the hottest toys in hand when I go shopping, as was the case the last time I took our daughter-in-law shopping. But I only found half of the items on my list. I was not happy!
When Jodi hugged me and thanked me for the gifts, I looked at her and said, “You are welcome, honey, but it’s not enough!” Jodi chuckled, but I was serious!
“No, you don’t understand,” I continued. “We have to go shopping again, because I haven’t given the kids enough and my heart is not excited enough yet!” I know. I am totally ruined.
On the way home, I analyzed my words and my heart.
I fully realize that material things won’t satisfy the deepest needs of our grandchildren. I am totally committed to investing time in their lives in order to help them find Jesus Christ and discover His plan for their lives. I know I can love them in so many ways, but I always want to give them more.
Our Father has the same heart – a giving heart – when it comes to giving His children good things. The problem is that we don’t really believe that truth.
We tend to measure His love by how much we have done or accomplished – or even by what we haven’t done and promise not to do. We are missing the truth that God’s love simply cannot be measured.
God doesn’t love us because we are so lovable.
God loves us because He is love.
One of the most tragic results of our unbelief is an ineffective prayer life. We pray, not really believing God wants to or really will answer those prayers. Jesus addresses this issue in Matthew 7:7-11.
Jesus is teaching about prayer and that the love of God is like the love in the child-parent relationship. The son has been out in the fields working all day long. When he gets home, he is starving. His family is seated at the dinner table, and dishes of steaming, delicious food are being passed around. I can almost see that boy’s eyes zeroing in on the food, salivating in anticipation of the meal before him. Then imagine the Father, seeing the hunger of his child, picks up a rock, tosses it to his son and says, “Here! Eat this!”
Jesus is driving home the truth that good fathers want to give their kids good gifts … and if this is true of earthly parents (and grandparents), imagine what our Heavenly Parent wants to give us … if only we would ask.
No one’s voice sounds sweeter to God than your voice.
Nothing in the universe can keep Him from giving you His full attention when you pray. In fact, He longs to hear your prayer.
Don’t think you have to figure out a way to steal a blessing from God.
Don’t think you have to trick Him into giving up what He would rather keep for Himself.
It is God’s very nature to give to His children. Do not doubt for a moment that He is a giving God with a heart that longs to bless you. God is not only able to answer your prayer, but God wants to answer your prayer. Just ask.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!