I’ll start by giving you something to do: Read Matthew 7:7-12.
Now, I’ve always had this little niggling fear about those verses. I’ve been afraid that I might once pray for something, and never have my prayer answered. But the minister of my home church explained this in a recent sermon.
Think about your earthly parents. Your Dad isn’t going to give you a worthless shilling when he pays you for sweeping the garage, is he? Your Mum isn’t going to prepare a meal of snails and worms, is she? Parents desire the best for their children, denying them hurtful and dangerous things, and giving them all they need. Sometimes they can’t provide everything we need, but they will always be putting their children’s needs above their own.*
Our earthly parents are doing all they can. But - God is our Heavenly Father. He isn’t limited in the good He can do us at all! God rules over all things - He holds the universe in His hand.
The condition lies the other way - He will give us whatever we ask as we come in the Name of Jesus, in submission to Him. Not if we ask with our selfish motives. We can’t hide anything from God - no matter how hard we might try to disguise it, He sees our sin.
So, we can pray in full confidence that God can and will give us every good thing for which we ask.
One more point - and this one makes my heart glad! God is pleased to give us the best gift - He gave His own Son - will He not also add all things?** And therefore He has also given us His Spirit. These are God’s greatest gifts to us.
This isn’t like a giveaway - this is reality. God the Father gives us His Son, His Spirit, and everything that goes with them to everyone who asks. He provides for our needs as we ask in faith.
Will you trust Him to do that?
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (Psalm 34:8)
*Of, course, I can say all this easily, being a child and not a parent. But this is how I know things should be.
About the author:
Hi! I’m Rhoda, and I live in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand, with my parents and four younger brothers. I was baptized into the Oamaru Reformed Church as an infant. Later, God worked in my heart so that now I love Him! I joined the church as a communicant member in November 2012. My brothers and I are completely normal educated.
I blog at Serving With Joy, with the aim of encouraging young women to serve God whole-heartedly, never forgetting the joy of life in Christ.
"However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”
the things God has prepared for those who love him"— 1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV