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DAILY DEVOTIONAL –Monday, March 23, 2015
Matthew 7:8 – For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.
Jesus tells us to persist in pursuing God. People often give up after a few halfhearted efforts and conclude that God cannot be found. But knowing God takes faith, focus, and follow-through, and Jesus assures us that we will be rewarded. Don’t give up in your efforts to seek God. Continue to ask him for more knowledge, patience, wisdom, love, and understanding. He will give them to you.
The children in Jesus’ example asked their father for bread and fish—good and necessary items. Sometimes God knows we are praying for “snakes” and does not give us what we ask for, even though we persist in our prayers. As we learn to know God better as a loving Father, we learn to ask for what is good for us, and then he grants it.
Christ is showing us the heart of God the Father. God is not selfish, begrudging, or stingy, and we don’t have to beg or grovel as we come with our requests. He is a loving Father, who understands, cares, and comforts. If humans can be kind, imagine how kind God, the Creator of kindness, can be. (NLT)
Matthew 7:7-11 – [Jesus said] “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find. – Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
Richard N. Ryley (New York) titled his story “AWARE OF GOD’S TIMING,” here is Richard’s story:
“I recently retired after 51 years in ministry, and I was struggling with how to be useful. One morning in my prayer time, I asked God to show me how I could be of service both to him and others that day.
“A few hours later I was driving through the local mall parking lot when I noticed a bloodmobile and a sign asking for blood donors. As a long-time donor, I thought, That is something I can do; I’ll have to do that sometime. Then that inner voice that the Holy Spirit uses to get our attention reminded me that I had asked God to give me something to do today. So I walked over to the bloodmobile and signed up to donate then and there.
“That experience reminded me that when we ask God for direction for our lives, we need to look and listen for the answers that God gives. Otherwise, we may miss the very moment we prayed for.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s timing is perfect.
Prayer: Gracious God, who listens to all our prayers, give us eyes to see and ears to hear your answers – and a willing spirit to respond. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV). Amen.
Prayer Focus: BLOOD DONORS
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BELIEVE, BELIEF: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/believe-belief/
RESPOND, RESPONSE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/respond-response/
OPPRESSED, OPPRESSION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/oppressed-oppression/
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