Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Ask Your Heavenly Father

Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:7-11

Jesus was teaching the people here in what is known as the Sermon on the Mount and people were astonished at His teaching because He taught with such authority. It is recommended that you read chapters 5-7 to capture all of His teaching.

He began to teach them the Lord's Prayer and was giving an illustration on being persistent in prayer when He came to the place where we He encourages us to ask, seek and knock. What a wonderful privilege our Father has given to us His children that we can come to Him and ask what we have need of. Many times throughout the Gospels Jesus encourages us to ask. But do we? Oftentimes asking our Father is the last thing we think of. In chapter 6 verse 8 it says, ... your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. He wants to hear us!

I love the illustration that Jesus uses here because when teaching about the aspect of asking God for something that you need, He teaches in the context of a son asking his loving Father and that He is a good Father. He will give us good things!

Nowhere else in the Bible is God referred to many times as Father, your Father or Heavenly Father as in the Sermon on the Mount. Go ahead, count them. It seems as though God wants us to know that He is our Father and He loves to hear from His children. So ask, seek and knock!

💙 Dan

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