DEVOTIONAL: “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 the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8, ESV.
CHALLENGE: Whatever we so desire… Are we allowing God to be God in our prayer lives? Throughout the New Testament God is described as a father, not only Jesus’ Father but also our heavenly Father. “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!” (Matt 7:11). This does not mean that God only gives us what we need but He also desires give us what we want. “Yet some people make it sound wrong to do so”, (to ask for wants), Kendrick observes. “They describe God like He’s an impoverished, distant dad who only lets his kids ask fro socks and underwear for Christmas.” Why do we tend to act and pray this way? Kendrick gives the example of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1:27. “Hannah didn’t need a son, but she asked for one and God gave her one”. God gives us, His beloved children, gifts, the “whatevers”, we so desire. That is as long as it does not go against His nature or plans. When was the last time God gave you something that you did not need but really wanted? What are you praying for this season that you want but could really live without? Allow God to be the gracious Father that He is. “Ask, and it will be given to you…”
(For further reading see The Battle Plan for Prayer, chapter 22.)