What Would You Ask For?

“Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open.”

(Luke 11:9 MSG)

For years I read the above promise and claimed it during prayer, as if it was some sort of magic formula (no wonder my prayers didn’t reach further than the ceiling!). I would present my need before God and then pray, “Lord, you promised that if I ask, I’ll get; if I seek, I’ll find; if I knock the door will open.” But it wasn’t long before God showed me what I really needed to ask for. Just a few verses later, this is what Jesus had to say:

Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him? (vv.10-13)

The Holy Spirit. He is all we need. When we ask God to give us His Spirit, we can expect to get; when we seek, we’ll find; and when we knock, the door will open.

God gives us what we need, not what we want.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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