The Father’s Good Gifts: Ask, Seek, Knock
The last several weeks maybe longer the Lord keeps bringing me back to passages about persistent prayer, and the loving Father’s answer to our petitions. Yet I find myself doubting, and worrying.
One of my favorite teachings of Jesus on prayer is found in Matthew 7:7-11 ESV
““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. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 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!”
Jesus exhorts us to ask, seek and knock. Then he goes on to use as an example the relationship of a parent to his child. A good parent will do whatever they can to provide for their child. Then Jesus contrasts our evil nature to the Father’s goodness and holiness.
The Father’s Heart
Even though man has an evil nature in general a parent desires to love and protect their children. How much more with God, the Father?
Our loving Father wants us to come to him. He desires to give us good things. Jesus actually says “how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
So why don’t we ask? Why do we worry? Why don’t we take Jesus at his word?
O Lord, I ask that you would work in my heart, and cause me to believe.
In His Grip, Dave