“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 7:11
Given Sunday is Father’s Day, consider how brave you are in approaching your dad with a significant request? I heard of a son struggling with finances and sending the request to his father, “No Mon, no Fun, your Son!” The father responded, “So Sad, Too Bad, Your Dad.” I notice in my family our children are careful in selecting who they ask for certain requests. I get asked for fast food runs and ‘special’ food. It seems they know I am most likely to say ‘yes’.
Jesus in Matthew 7 moves from the lesser example to the greater – he compares the behaviour of flawed fathers to that of a good God. A normal dad knows how to say yes to good things. Even more so Jesus says, God is willing to give good gifts to those who ask.
When you pray, do you dare to believe God is eager to give good things? Or are you selective on what you ask, believing for less so you will get a ‘yes’? Through the month of September, we want to challenge ourselves on what we will dare to ask. What is God eager to say ‘yes’ too? What can we dare to ask? Especially, when it comes to praying for a world in need.