MATTHEW 7:11_how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?
You are precious in God’s sight. Never let the devil tell you otherwise.
What Jesus is teaching in this verse is a kind of comparison lesson between earthly fathers and the heavenly Father. If you are blessed with a responsible and loving father, never cease to praise God for him. If you have an adoptive or foster father, as many people in the Bible had, praise God for bringing you together as family.
Pray for your father. He faces tremendous responsibilities that you are not old enough to fully understand. Do everything in your power to support, help, and encourage him. Make your gratefulness known to him—don’t just assume he knows it. And more than anything love and respect him.
If an earthly father will meet your needs, because he hears you when you ask—what are the capabilities of your heavenly Father? He is the owner of the universe. His love and compassion are as big as His kingdom—which knows no end.
If your earthly father experience did not go well—you have the opportunity for an even closer relationship with your heavenly Father.
Owner of the Universe, Help me see the vastness of Your power and love. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ’s abilities are boundless—He uses them for me!
MATTHEW 7:9_Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask…
To become a parent rates very high in the blessing category. Psalm 127:3-5 (KJV), “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”
According to this verse, children are one of those ways God rewards His people. Arrows in the hand of a mighty man are powerful. If hunting is the goal, then the bow is no good without the arrows. The arrows are everything to achieving the purpose of the hunt. Fathers should realize the reward God gives them in children. They should feel strength and might in fatherhood, and they should feel happy.
I wish these verses were true in the life of every child who is born. However, since they are not, I pray for Malachi 4:6 (KJV) to become a reality, “And he [Elijah the prophet] shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers …”
As much as is possible in my tiny space in the world, I want to contribute to this becoming reality.
Pray for the fathers in your circle of life.
Lord Jesus, Help me feel the specialness that is mine as Your child. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ teaches children are a reward—I am one!
MATTHEW 7:8_For everyone that asketh, receiveth…
You can’t ignore your coach’s instructions and expect to stay on the team. You can’t come to your piano lesson, without ever practicing, and expect the Top Student Award.
To receive what you asked requires something on your part. In the September 29 devotional several Bible verses are listed concerning asking and receiving. Do you notice this principle in each of these verses?
Matthew 21:22, your asking requires faith that your prayer life is something Jesus hears, is capable of answering, and will answer.
John 14:13, your asking should ultimately result in God being glorified.
John 15:7, your asking requires that you incorporate the Bible into your life.
John 16:24, your asking requires that you ask in Jesus’ name.
I John 5:14-15, your asking requires confidence in your prayer and that you ask for God’s will above your own.
Jesus says if you ask, you receive.
Get lined up with God’s plan!
God of Creation, I want whatever I ask for to ultimately glorify You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows what my asking requires—He teaches me!
MATTHEW 7:5_Thou hypocrite…
Here’s the question: Did Jesus condone adultery by saving the woman? Did He let her get by (meaning no judgment or accountability) with adultery?
Getting by with something is not really what Jesus is about. Surely by now you know what Jesus is about – freedom! To get by with something will not free you from repeating it.
If you are truly allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you on the path to freedom and you stumble, don’t be discouraged – you will be freed. Proverbs 24:16 (KJV), “‘For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief [Hebrew translation is: evil].”
The difference in the one who rises back up and the one who falls deeper into evil is that heart condition. The ability to see all sin is against God and the desire to be changed by His grace. There is a word for this condition – repent. To sincerely and deeply grieve over your path and strongly desire to change directions.
The Bible teaches to pray for those in authority – all forms of authority. There is a need for authorities to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to be receptive to the Spirit’s leading.
You want your authorities to have wise judgment concerning you.
Pray for them!
I haven’t answered those first two questions yet – stay with me!
Heavenly Father, Fill all those in my authority with Your Holy Spirit. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows my heart condition—He will reveal it!
MATTHEW 6:34_for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself…
Jesus says each day is able to take care of itself. Tomorrow doesn’t need you to worry over it. Eventually today becomes tomorrow. No power on earth that can stop that.
Since you can’t stop tomorrow from coming, why spend all day today in worry? If God is with you today, won’t He be with you tomorrow? Of course He will!
Learn to live one day at the time; you will accomplish a great feat in your Christian walk! One day at a time helps abolish anxiety and increase faith. It also helps you learn to focus – which is an awesome feat in itself! Just focus on today’s business!
Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV), “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
The fact that you are alive today and able to read this blog is a result of God’s vast mercy! His mercy is beyond measure. Something too great to be measured. God’s compassion cannot fail because it has no end.
Begin to incorporate praise into your prayer time . Make a list, including the smallest things, that you are grateful for today. Praise God for them, knowing that every good gift comes from His hand.
True God, Praise You that this day You give me strength! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is faithful—His compassions never fail me!