Good Gifts To Those Who Ask Him

Discipleship Study - If - Matthew 7-9-11 - Good Gifts To Those Who Ask Him - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – If – Matthew 7-9-11 – Good Gifts To Those Who Ask Him – Growing As Disciples

“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:9-11 (NIV)

Ask Me

I want you to come and ask me for all that you need. Does that surprise you? No, not really. Do you know why I want you to come and ask me for all that you need? I’m not sure. Can you think of any reasons why I might want you to come and ask me for all that you need? Do you want me to take a guess? Yes, that would be a great idea. The alternative to me asking you for what I need would be you giving me what I need without me having to ask you for it. So, there is some aspect of me coming to ask you that is important to you. Yes, there is. Obviously, you know what I need even before I ask it. Yes, I do.

I’m guessing that you want me to rely on you. Coming to ask you for what I need is part of me relying on you. Asking for something from you demonstrates that I am relying on you. Yes, it does. There is more though, isn’t there? Yes, there is much more. Coming to ask you for what I need demonstrates that I have faith that you will hear and answer my prayer. Yes it does. There is something more basic, even more fundamental. Asking you for what I need is part of living in a close and intimate relationship with you. You are my Heavenly Father. Yes, I am. I am your child. Yes, you are. You love me. You delight in giving me what I need. Yes, I do. You want me to know that you love me. You want me to know that you are taking care of me. You want me to know that you are supplying my needs. Yes, I do.

Think of yourself as an example. You love your children. It is your joy to meet their needs. You like it best when they come to you to ask you for all that they need. Their requests don’t surprise you. You already know what they need even before they ask you. But, it gives you great joy in your letting them know that you are there for them. Yes, it does. When you see their joy in having their needs met, it gives you joy as well. Yes, it does. I am here for you. It gives me great joy to meet your needs. Will you come and ask me for all that you need? Yes Lord, I will ask you for all that I need.

Heavenly Father, I know I have been making a big mistake. I have not been asking you for all that I need from you. From here on I will come to you to ask you for all I need. I will rely on you to meet all my needs as I follow you. Amen

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Good Gifts

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 297 - Matthew 7:9-11 - Good Gifts - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 297 – Matthew 7:9-11 – Good Gifts – Growing As Disciples

“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:9-11 (NIV) 

Good Gifts

It has been a joy and delight of mine to be a giver of good gifts. I have liked to consider what someone might want and need as a gift and then give it to them as a surprise. I have wanted to greatly exceed their expectations, as well. For me, it has often been true, that it is more blessed to give than to receive. I have frequently had more joy and satisfaction in giving a gift than in receiving a gift. Obviously, it is true, that I still do very much like receiving good gifts especially if they come as an unexpected surprise. This comes as no surprise to me.

No one is a better giver of surprise and wonderful gifts than you. You think so? Yes, I do, without a doubt. If I have any small quantity or quality of being a giver of good gifts, it has only been true because you have made me in your image. I am only a giver of good gifts either because of how you have made me or because of what I have heard or seen or received from you. It pleases me that you know and understand how you have come to be a giver of good gifts.

What will you do differently, now that you better understand that I am a giver of good gifts? What will you do differently, now that you have come to believe that it is my joy and delight to give good gifts to you? I will make my needs and wants known to you. I will more readily bring my prayer requests to you. I will not foolishly think that some need or want is too big or too small to ask of you. I will trust that you will keep on giving good gifts to me. Yes, I will.

There is something I would like to ask you. There is some help I need from you. What is that? I would like more wisdom to know what to ask of you. I would like you to help guide my prayers. I know that you both given and granted the desires of my heart. How so? Well, for example, you have been both giving and granting my desire to know you. No gift is better than that. I’m glad you think so. In the past, I might not have thought of or considered asking for that as a gift from you. I want you to keep on giving and granting me desires that come from you. I want to be able to ask for and receive what you want to give to me. Does that make sense? It makes a lot of sense. Do you believe that I will hear and answer this prayer of yours? Will I give you this good gift? Will I help you to ask for all that I want to give to you? Without, a doubt. Of that, I am very sure. You are correct. That is what I will do in and for you. Thank you, Lord.

Heavenly Father, thank you for being a giver of very good gifts. You have richly blessed my life far beyond my hopes and dreams and desires. Help me to learn to keep on asking for the good gifts I need from you. Help me to receive all you want to give to me. Amen

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