Friday, January 8, 2010

God tells the truth

Matt7:7-12: "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 "Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 "If you then, being 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! 12 "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."

How slow are we and unwilling to understand the promises of our Father. Jesus says, “ask and it will be given to you”. Many of us have struggled with the matter of failure to believe the teachings that are so blatantly simple. Jesus just finished saying that we should approach Almighty God as our Heavenly Father. He says what kind of father gives his son a serpent when he asked for a fish? God is telling us that He will answer our prayers; all we have to do is ask. D.L Moody said about prayer, “Prayer is an offering up of our desires onto God for things agreeable to His will, in the name of Christ, with confessions of our sins and thankful acknowledgment of His mercies.” When we do this God said He will give us what we ask. The question that must be asked is, “If God answers all prayer then why was my prayer not answered?” The issue does not lie with God, because there is no falsehood in God. Therefore, the answer must lie with us; the fault then is in our own being. We must come to Him in faith believing and not asking with wrong motives, and not asking for things that is not in His will for us. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” James 4:3

John 14:14 says, “"If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” God is not slack in His promises. Prayer is life for the Christ-follower. God says that our strength and our fruitfulness and fulfillment are dependent on our prayer life. We need to seek God in prayer and make prayer a priority in our lives. Our heavenly father is a loving and compassionate father, if it were not so Jesus would not say He is our father. He desires us to rely on Him and surrender our lives to Him. When we come to Him with our needs and wants, we please Him. Jesus would not go without prayer; we must never go without prayer. When times were good Jesus went to His father; when times were bad He went to His father; when He needed guidance He went to the father; and even now He goes to the father in our defense. Oh! How
wonderful it is to serve a loving and compassionate God. Speak to Him today.

Tomorrows Readings:
Old Testament: Gen 23-24 New Testament Matt 8

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