Luke 11: 11-13 “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Extra Reading: Luke 11:1-13.
I am convinced of one thing as I read Scriptures daily. I always discover that God loves His children. Maybe our resolution for the New Year should be to develop a childlike attitude that is expectant and willing to receive all that the Father has for us. A week ago I walked into a well-known motor car brand in our city to see my old friend. I found him in a discouraged state, with his head and face in deep in his hands. I thought he was crying as I walked into his office. He related the issue of his lack car sales and how his manager puts pressure on him. I asked him this question: “Do you want more of God?” “Have you asked God for sales this morning in your prayer?” Well, he gave me a hesitant yes. I prayed with him and asked him to state the number of cars he desires to sell for that month and leave the matter in God’s hands. Guess what? Tuesday of the following week I received a call from him to let me know that four people came in to buy four new cars from him. You see, God wants us to deal and remove sophistication in our prayers and ask like little children, then we shall receive from Him. The first requirement for receiving more of God’s presence and blessings in our lives is to believe that He actually wants to bless us. Faith is a component of being touched by God and we have to believe this truth. Otherwise we are going to watch from the sidelines as God touches others and we will develop some jealousy and a complaining spirit.
From the Scripture we have just read Jesus pointed out to His listeners that, actually, God is good! He is a very kind God and provider. If, in an innocent, childlike way we ask Him for more, He is not going to say “no” because He is generous and wants to bless us abundantly. God knows how to give good gifts to His children and He is not all reluctant to do it. Let me tell you one thing today, child of God. Our God loves childlikeness. The world in which we live as thought us to act so grown up, sophisticated, and proper all the time that it does not help. As of today, let us adopt a childlike faith and approach with God, coming to Him and making ourselves vulnerable, is another way in which God will help us to overcome our fear and pride. Please leave your “what if” questions behind you and ask God like a child today. Don’t allow the enemy to plant doubt in your mind. Just believe God like a little child. Satan uses deception and lies to keep away God’s children from ask and receiving their answers from God, our Father. Are you going to continue to mess around with your asking? I have made up my mind that enough is enough. I am throwing my “sophistication” in the waste paper basket, and will henceforth approach God as a little child. When we arrive in heaven God is going to show many of His children answers He was prepared to release to them, but they failed to receive due to lack of faith and fear of the devil.
Prayer: Father God, teach us childlikeness in our faith. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!
Rev. Samuel N. Modise