Luke 11:10-13 MSG
10-13 “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? ... don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”
God teaches us to pray to Him believing that He is our heavenly father who wants to give us not only what we need but desire as well. Jesus said this because He wanted us to be able to trust him, and know that He wants what is best for us. Jesus wanted to encouraged us as God's Children to ask Him for what we need, and to know that He will be here with us through His Holy Spirit.
It reminds me of a time when I was a single mother and camping in a tent by myself with my daughter. During the middle of the night we awoke to the sound of rain that turned into a down pour. We could see the amount of water falling and beginning to accumulate very quickly on the outside of our tent with every bolt of lightning that lit up the sky. I became afraid that the air mattress we were sleeping on may very well begin to float, when I remembered a verse in the bible that talks about the sound of God's voice in reference to the sound of lightning. With the child like faith in me I remember saying to God, "God I know that your voice is compared to the sound of lightning, (because of it's magnificence and power) and I want to hear what you have to say, but right now I am really afraid of the sound of it."
At that VERY MOMENT the rain stopped, there was not another single bolt of lightning and the storm moved away from us. It was almost like God was saying, it's okay Jen, I won't hurt you, you can trust me, and I did just that.
So my question for you today is what is it you need to ask God as your heavenly father for? Is it help, provision, companionship, or something else? No matter what your need is today, God already knows it and is waiting for you to ask Him. He waits because He wants us to have the choice on whether or not we ask for His help or not. Remember to see God as the Child of God you are that He cares for and loves you. Ask Him with the child like faith God instills in each of us when we ask Jesus in our heart and believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. And if you haven't asked Jesus into your life, let me pray with you Romans 10:9 MSG and believe that,
"The word that saves is right here,
as near as the tongue in your mouth,
as close as the heart in your chest.
It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”
Make things right between you and God TODAY, and ask Him for what you NEED!
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