HOST: Michael Whitworth
And I tell you, 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. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
God gives, God answers, God opens. As Christians, we don’t struggle with this truth, but we do sometimes struggle with what God gives, how God answers, and which door God opens. When we pray, we typically have a very specific idea in mind about what we need and how we desire God to answer. As long as God’s answers are in line with our desires, we are satisfied, but what if they are not? What if God’s answers to our petitions are much different than we had asked? In those times, we often wonder why God is not blessing us in the way we need. When it comes to understanding our lives, we are much like children. Our children may want to eat candy at every meal and stay up as late as they can each night, but as parents, we know that those choices are not the best for them. So, we give them more nourishing foods and help them get the sleep they need. In much the same way, the things we often think are best or needed are, in reality, not what is in our best interest. Just like we do with our children, God sometimes overrules our requests and desires in order to give us what is more needful and beneficial. He is always a giver of good things. Our part is to take our requests to Him and then trust Him to give us what is best.
How can we learn to see the good in God’s answers to our prayers?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!