Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Read Matthew 7
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
Most of us have repeated the expression “Be careful what you ask for”. The listener usually takes this as a warning that he may be asking for something that may not be in his best interest. I think this might, instead, be putting a limit on God’s generosity.
There was once a man we’ll call Nameless who had lived a good, honorable life. Nameless had always been a good Christian, husband, father, neighbor. As Nameless grew older he found great pleasure in taking his row boat out on the near-by lake for a day of fishing. As Nameless grew old, so did his boat. So, he decided to pray for a new row boat. It didn’t take long for him to get his answer, which was, “I was going to give you a yacht, but if you’d rather have a row boat…..”.
A special prayer of mine was answered with so much grace and tenderness. My husband, Tom, had been so sick and it was becoming clear to me that his life on earth would soon end. With every prayer I asked that his death would be gentle. God answered beyond my expectations: Tom left this life one afternoon while he napped, with me sitting about ten feet away, unaware of what was happening. There were no signals or indications that he was in distress; he just went to sleep. His death could not have been more gentle. It could have happened at night or at a time when I wasn’t with him, but I know he left us as peacefully as possible.
And that was God’s special loving gift to me.
PRAYER: Father, you hear our prayers and respond as a loving heavenly Father. Thank you for sometimes saying “no”, sometimes “wait”, sometimes “yes”, and sometimes answering with even more than we’ve asked of you. You love us so much and know us so well that your answers lead us ever closer to you and to our heavenly home. Amen.
Prayer Focus: those who don’t trust God enough to ask