Ask, Seek, Knock

Matthew 7.png    These are the words from Jesus according to the Gospel of Matthew 7:7-12 Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who ask receives; and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish will give him a snake? If you, then, through 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! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Anyone who prays would like to know what kind of God they are praying to. They want to know in what kind of atmosphere their prayers are heard. Do they pray to such a kind-hearted God that He is more willing to give them they are to receive? Jesus was born into a nation that loved prayer and He learnt to cherish prayer. In this part Jesus gives us the Christian principle of prayer.

Jesus’ examples are carefully chosen. Matthew mentions to and Luke adds another one. If children ask for bread, would their father give them a stone? (of course not) If they ask for a fish, would he give them a snake, or a scorpion of they ask for an egg? Small stones on the seashore looked just like small loaves of bread. The snake mentioned here probably refers to an eel that was forbidden food according to Leviticus 11:12 which can be found in the Old Testament. A scorpion looks very much like an egg when it is falling asleep, but it is deadly when it wakes up.

God will never refuse to listen to our prayers, or ridicule them. The lesson here is that God will always hear our prayers, but He will answer them in His way. His way is the way of the perfect wisdom and perfect love. Jesus says we must persevere always because the test of our sincerity lies in this. God will always answer our prayers in the way He sees fit, in wisdom and in love. We must continue praying to God and never stopping. For prayer to a Christian life is just as important as the air we need to breathe each and everyday of our lives. For in prayer we begin to grow closer to God in our daily journey. 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

God’s Plans

Jeremiah 29.pngFor I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.                                     Jeremiah 29:11-13

You and I will try as hard as we can to plan for our future, all along thinking we know what is best for us, guess what we are wrong. Just as much for whatever anyone is going through right at this very second that we long things to be different. Not knowing all along that God has a plan for his children and his plan is perfect each and every time, and whatever anyone is going through in your own life right now God will change it all for his glorification  in his own time. God can fix everything into his majestic plan for good, including the things we wish were different. How you or I long to see that all embracing pattern and if God would show it to us we truly would not understand it. Your current situation feels like a gigantic mistake to you, something you should have been able to prevent. God wants you not to indulge in obsessing about what you could have done differently. The past is something you or I cannot change and our future belongs in the hands of God. Right now is the only place to begin anew. It’s the unique intersection of time and space location where I intend you or I to live. Some things and for that matter many things maybe beyond us, but we can live joyfully knowing that God is in control and His plans are always better than our own. Instead of worry about what tomorrow will bring let us just put all of our worries and concerns in God’s hands and believe me what I say this for when  we do we will never be disappointed.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends