Power Verses: Matthew 7:7-8
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.
The Daily Diet…
Jesus is talking about prayer here. In chapter 6 Jesus told His disciples that they shouldn’t be like the religious leaders that were hypocrites. They stood at the street corner and made a show of praying and giving. They used a bunch of empty words that they repeated over and over. Maybe they thought they were reaching God with their prayers, or even impressing Him, but they weren’t.
You don’t have to use fancy words or put on a show, or repeat the Lord’s prayer over and over. You just need to humbly go to Jesus and ask Him for what you need. And then you need to trust Him to work out what is best for you. Sometimes we might think that God isn’t listening, that He doesn’t care, or that it doesn’t matter what we ask. But it does matter, He is listening, and He does care. You are a child of God, and He cares for His children.
If you are lacking money, pray to God and ask Him what to do. You might be surprised at how His answer usually involves you in the process. He might want you to get a job. He’ll give you the courage and the umph to do it. You might pray and ask God for a friend, and He might ask you to go be a friend.
God is good, and He only gives good gifts. He knows what is best for us, and sometimes “no” is His best answer for us. What we think we absolutely need right now might not be the best thing for us. God wants us to trust Him as we pray to Him, believing that He has the power to do what He has promised to do. Nothing is impossible when you put your trust in God. There is nothing too difficult for Him.
The great missionary Hudson Taylor said, “Ask great things of God, expect great things from God, and attempt great things for God.” That’s it in a nutshell!