Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren are a source of limitless joy to my wife and me. A few years ago we were in a local restaurant with one of them, little Hannah Ruth – she was 4 at the time. She was sitting right next to me and, as always, we were having a grand lunch together. At the end of the meal, the waiter brought me the check. Hannah touched my arm, looked up at me with those angelic brown eyes, put a radiant smile on her precious face and asked, “Grampa, when you get your change back, can I have it?” I laughed for a long time. Think she got the change? Ha! Of course, she did. Hannah’s somewhat brazen request, that perhaps would have upset anyone else, delighted me. I’m her grandfather! It reminded me of the biblical reminder that “we have not because we ask not.” Now I took a little time to explain to Hannah that her request was not really proper, but I can tell you my heart wasn’t in it. I hope she asks again.
In our case as children of God, we may ask what we will in His Name. Now does that mean I’m going to request a Rolls Royce from my Heavenly Father? Or a mansion somewhere? No, I won’t ask for those things because I don’t need them, don’t even want them frankly, and they would comprise an improper request. But those things in life that I DO need – health, basic provision, peace with God, a happy home – those are all things that I can confidently request according to God’s will.
Someone might protest, “But God would give you those things anyway, so why pray?” We ask because it pleases God. Thinking back, I probably would have given Hannah that change without her asking. But it was the sight of that beautiful, precious little upturned face, those trusting eyes and that soft pleading voice that made my day. I somehow reckon God must feel somewhat like that, too.
Prayer: O God, thank You for hearing me when I ask. I want to always ask for those things that are right for me, that please you and that enhance Your kingdom. Grant me this wisdom I pray. I thank You. Amen.