Have you ever wondered whether or not you were wasting your time by praying to the Lord for something? Perhaps you asked Him to extend the life of a cherished friend or to help you to get a particular job. But, your friend died, and you were not selected for the position. Both of these scenarios happened to me. You may begin to question, as I did, “Why am I asking God?”
Putting the situation into perspective, consider the relationship of an earthly father and son. The pair might be at the checkout counter of the neighborhood drug store. While there, the son sees countless rows of candy, and he ultimately begs his father for a treat. His dad may refuse him. Does that stop the son from asking for the same thing the next time they are there? Does the boy now assume that his father will never grant his request? Certainly not. The denial might be based on recent advice from the boy’s dentist.
But, whatever the case, the father had his reasons for not granting the request, just as our heavenly father does. Each of us should be thankful that our Lord does not give us everything we ask for. God has His reasons. Yet, it does not hurt to ask.
[For spiritual well-being, please visit the separate section of this blog, Daily Devotionals.]
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your 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!
-Matthew 7:7-11 NIV
Find Daily Devotionals by clicking on the menu in the top right corner of the blog.