Did your child ever ask, “Please bless me with a blessing?” Of course not. They asked for something specific, right? They asked for a bicycle, a Barbie, a candy bar, a Sprite, or the car keys.
Asking God for something should be retail, not wholesale.
“Let your requests be made known to God.”
Instead of telling God, “I love You, Lord. Thank You for all things. Forgive all my sins. Bless everybody, and give me all I need,” ask specifically, “Thank-you for my shoes, please enable me to obey you as I encounter Mary at work today, or I praise you Father for forgiving me of cursing yesterday.”
Jesus expects us to pray. He said, “And when you pray …” In fact, he said it twice in Matthew 6:5 and 6:7. He assumes that his disciple will pray. Praying is not an option, but an expectation, a natural part of loving Christ.
But you might say, “I have asked and did not get what I asked for!” Did you give your child everything she or he asked for? No, you knew what was best for them. You gave something better. If your child asked for a pet alligator, I doubt you gave them one, but instead gave a puppy or kitten.
If God does not give you what you ask for, then He has something better for you.
“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
Then why ask? We ask not because God needs it, but we need to ask. We pray not to impress God, but to be impressed with God, his holiness and greatness. We do not pray to bend God’s will to ours, but that our will may be bent to his.
So, go ahead, pray retail, not wholesale. Then trust our Father in heaven to give you what he knows is best for you. Go ahead, I dare you.
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