Matthew 7:7-11 (ESV)
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are 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!
Jesus told us this in Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Unfortunately, we tend to take this verse and make it something that it’s not. He gives us good gifts, of course; but what we think are ‘good gifts’ and what God knows are ‘good gifts’ are two different things! I’m sure you’ve wished for these things: “I want a brand new sports car!”, “I want to date that cute kid at school”, or “I want a million dollars!”. Please hear me out on this, it’s so important: GOD IS NOT A GENIE IN THE LAMP! He doesn’t just grant whatever you want, because not all the things you want are truly good.
But if you remain faithful to God and keep reading His Word, it’s going to change what you ask for. If you’re seeking God’s will, you’re going to ask for tools to further His kingdom. These are the types of good gifts God will equip you with!
Jesus lived a selfless life; not only did He come to earth to show us His love, but He also died for us so that we could be with Him in Heaven! Before asking God to bless us in different ways, be thankful that he’s already blessed us through Jesus! If Jesus lived a selfless life, then we should too. Today, ask God to bless you in ways that will serve others and glorify God in a mighty way!
Dear Lord, we pray that you help us be more like You. You were selfless, and only desired to further Your kingdom. We pray that the things we are asking for will help equip us to further Your kingdom. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.