“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your 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! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
– Matthew 7: 7-12 NIV
Having recently stepped into the “step-dad” role, I’ve realized a few things.
Kids are not very vague. Sure, they may beat around the bush a little bit in the beginning but after a minute or two, you know exactly why they are standing in front of you. They aren’t afraid to ask for what they want either, whether it’s material things or they need a ride to a friends house. They know what they want and they know when they want it. And if your initial response is “no”, they keep asking till you break!
No, I don’t really feel like getting dressed and driving you across town on a Friday evening but seeing the smiles and hearing the “thank you, thank you, thank you’s” makes it worth it and reminds me that I’ll be doing it several more times next week.
Knowing how that makes me feel, I can’t read Matthew 7 the same way I’ve read it so many times in the past. I want nothing for the best for our kids, I want to see them happy, I want to do for them.
How much more does God want to bless us, His children?
Maybe I have some unanswered prayers because I was too vague or not consistent enough? Maybe some of my prayers was like seeing that new toy in a commercial, when your child asks for it because it looks fun, but once the commercial ends they never mention it again. When that happens, I’m happy I saved the $50 and was able to save that for something they really want/need.
Praying should just be reciting THAT days wish list.
God wants to bless us, but just like parents, He’s not going to grant us every wish that crosses our mind.
When you really want something you’ll ask for it and keep asking. You’ll seek it and you will knock.
He knows our hearts desires, but He wants us to ask, He wants us to pray specifically.
He wants to reveal His will & ways, but He wants us to seek them out.
He wants to open doors for us, but He wants us to co-labor with Him and help ourselves get in-front of that door and to knock.
Ask and keep asking, seek and keep seeking, knock and keep knocking!
He’s a good good Father!