Saturday 5 July, 2014

Matthew 7:7-14

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8 Everyone who asks will receive. He who searches will find. The door will be opened to the one who knocks. 9 “Suppose your son asks for bread. Which of you will give him a stone? 10 Or suppose he asks for a fish. Which of you will give him a snake? 11 Even though you are evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 “In everything, do to others what you would want them to do to you. This is what is written in the Law and in the Prophets. 13 “Enter God’s kingdom through the narrow gate. The gate is large and the road is wide that lead to death and hell. Many people go that way. 14 But the gate is small and the road is narrow that lead to life. Only a few people find it.

This teaching is part of the so-called Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus reveals the generous and certain response to prayer we should expect from our Father. Even as humans we know how to answer our children’s requests, so how much be more will our heavenly Father respond to our requests by giving us good gifts.

In every situation of our lives, we can rely on the Father to provide for us. By faith we know that He is there for us. Life may be unpredictable, but we are supremely confident that He is the God of the impossible; so we come confidently to Him with our requests knowing that His answer will always be the best solution to our needs. There will never be a time when He does not respond in the best possible way when I come before Him with my requests.

Holy Spirit, thank you for my privileges of being your child, the absolute certainty of your response to my requests. I honour you as my Father who lovingly supplies all my needs as I ask, seek and knock. Forgive me that there is ever any doubt in my mind that you will respond positively every time.

Written by Keith Bennett

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