“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
For months I admired our next-door neighbors’ swimming pool. Then one day, my neighbor and I were chatting and I mentioned that we’d just gotten got back from my son’s swim lesson. “You should bring him over to let him practice in our pool,” he responded. Later in the conversation, I shared our campuses’ student ministry calendar with him, because he has two middle school-aged children. He glanced at the calendar and saw that a middle school pool party was listed later in the summer beside the phrase, “Location TBD.” He responded, “You guys should host the party here at our pool.”
I was speechless. I was stunned by his generosity. Sensing my silent gratitude, he replied, “Any time. All you have to do is ask.”
All I had to do was ask. Wild! All the goodness and fun of a summertime swim was right in front of me. I wanted it so badly. But I never asked. I doubted my neighbor’s generosity.
In today’s text, Jesus teaches us that we can have the same problem with God. As broken people, we have all sorts of needs. In the midst of our world, it can be easy to doubt God’s generosity, and easy to assume that He won’t provide. Jesus tells us something very different about the character of God! He urges us to ask for—and expect—good things from our heavenly Father. Will you ask?
Heavenly Father, help me believe in your willingness to give us all the good things we need. I ask humbly for your provision in all areas of life. Amen.
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