Asking of God in Prayer
Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:7-11 ESV
Mat 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Mat 7:8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Mat 7:9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
Mat 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?
Mat 7:11 If you then, who are 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!
When I ponder these passages of scripture in Matthew 7 it sometimes confuses me. Jesus here is telling his followers that whatever they ask for, they will receive. But many of us have asked God for certain things, and we have not received them. The question that we need to ask ourselves is this: What does Jesus mean in this teaching?
Well, we are mistaken if we think for one moment of God as our genie in a bottle. It’s not as if God should give us a new car, the grand vacation of our dreams, a raise at work, or an A on an exam simply because we ask for it.
What Jesus is teaching us here is about God’s character in relation to us. God wants us all to know that He loves us more than an earthly father loves his children. And as part of that, God wants us to be in communication with him, asking and seeking. In all of our living, God wants what’s best for us. He wants what will bless us and lead us to follow him more closely. As we learn more about God and the full life that he wants for us, we ask for things that we know are in line with his will for us. Sometimes we may be mistaken about those things, but no matter what happens, God is there, loving us and providing what we need. God always wants what is best for us. We may question that sometimes, but it’s the truth. May God bless you.