Matthew 7:9-11 – “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 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!” (NIV1984)
My Musing – Who among us, when we were children did not play dad off against mom or mom against dad, until we got the answer we wanted? I wonder if we aren’t that much different in our adult prayer life? Do we bargain with God? Do we think we can manipulate God? When we believe the answer to our prayer is no, do we “repackage” and resubmit thinking God won’t notice that it is the same request. Do we wait for just the right moment (maybe after we’ve done something good), thinking our prospects might be a bit better? Do we pout? Do we get bitter? Come to think of it, all these do sound a bit childish, don’t they?
It need not be that way.
My Advice – All to often we have the result we want (fish or bread) in mind before we ask, thinking we’ll get something less (snake or stone). What kind of faith is that? The real faith is being just as accepting of the no and wait answers as we are with the yes answers, knowing that God always has our best interest in mind. Trust God in the no and wait periods of your life.
For Further Insights – Read my October 14, 2017 blog Pray On All Occasions from my series “Got Spiritual Milk?”
Question Of The Day – Does answered prayer mean that we always get what we want? Why or why not