Have you ever thought, “If God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and completely in charge, then why do I even need to pray? Isn’t He just going to do what He wants to do?”
I have. Yet, I still pray to Him for all of my desires, desperations, and thanksgivings.
When I was kid, the original Nintendo came out.
It was the coolest thing. My older brother and I asked for it for Christmas the year it was released. We didn’t get it. We both asked for it for our birthdays. We didn’t get it. For a couple years we asked for this thing. Finally, on that most glorious day, Christmas Eve, after waiting and waiting, begging and pleading, the last present of the night – there it was – THE NINTENDO!! I had given up hope by the time we actually got it. Yet, we got it.
For the last couple of nights, at bedtime, my 3 year old son has been asking me to install a night light in his room that in his words “goes all around my whole room” as he points at the ceiling and the walls and floor. Honestly, I’m not really sure what he has in his mind.
Last night before bed I told him I would check the internet and get back with him in the morning. That only lasted a few hours when he woke up crying at 12:30am demanding that I get him his light that “goes all round the room.” There wasn’t much rationalizing with him at this point. So, finally, with no realistic bargaining chips and a great deal of desire to return to sleep myself, he came to sleep on the floor of our room the rest of the night.
I wonder if he’s going to ask again tonight…what should I say?
As children, we beg and plead our parents all of the time. Many times we know that our requests (or demands) won’t be met. Yet, that doesn’t stop us from asking.
Even though it can be a bit tiresome, as a parent, to field all of these requests, I would much rather have my children let me know what’s going on in their minds than to simply have them do whatever I tell them to at all times.
Jesus says in Matthew 7:7-11:
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Your Father in heaven desires to give you good things. Throughout the Scriptures we watch God give undeserved gifts to many people on many occasions. He wants to hear your prayers. He does hear your prayers. And He will answer your prayers (we’ll talk more about how he answers prayers on September 3rd) according to His good and gracious Will.
Keep praying friends!