Matthew 7:11 (NLT)
So 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.
God is the source of every good and perfect gift in the world. All the things you see and even the things you can’t see are a result of God’s goodness and grace in the universe. God said in Genesis that what he created was good. He gave it to us as a gift of his divine providence. If we as mere humans love to give gifts to the people we love, God loves to give gifts a million times more than that.
Since everything is a gift from God anyway, he is just waiting for us to ask for what we need. If you are a good parent, you desire to give good things to your gifts especially if they ask you for it. Well, God is the same way. Everything is a gift. Grace, mercy, love, hope, peace, joy — it is all a gift but God wants us to ask for it. You cannot earn anything from God. It is a gift of his amazing grace. If God didn’t want to give us anything, he would keep it all to himself and never open up the pathway for us to ask.
But “how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” God is waiting on you to make the request. There is nothing in the world that God cannot provide for you or give you or allow you to experience. God has an abundance of resources that never run out, never grow old, and are never in short supply. God has the power and might to give you anything and everything you want if you would only ask.
God is honored when we ask. God feels special when we make our requests known to him. He knows he can be trusted but he wants us to trust him. If you have wants and needs in your life that are not being filled and desires that are not being met, don’t blame God. God is waiting on you to make your requests known to him. God wants to meet your needs. He wants to give you the desires of your heart. But he wants you to ask. Asking requires humility and trust. Two things that are often hard for believers to get their head around. But if you don’t ask, you will not receive. Knowing that it is God’s desire to fill your every need should impact how you pray, how you trust, and how you live.
“The soul may ask God for anything, and never fail.”
— Annie Dillard