Luke 11:9-13 MSG
Does it ever take God speaking, illustrating, and reminding you of the same thing over and over again before you actually get the message?
I’ll be the first to say that there are times it takes a few…couple… or a double handful of times for me to really get the message God is trying to get through to me. This past week has been a lot because I’m currently in the process of moving my little one bedroom apartment and I just feel super needy.
I feel like I need peace for my bad nerves and some for my good, wisdom to guide me in making the best decision, provision for the physical things I need to help the transition go a little smoother, and the list could honestly go on and on today (it’s just one of those days). And during this entire week of just being fretful about the stuff I don’t have, God has been trying to get me to let go enough to just ask.
“Here’s what I’m saying:
Ask and you’ll get;
Seek and you’ll find:
Knock and the door will open.
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.” – Luke 11:9,10
As stressed as I had become during this time, all God needed me to do was ask…not bargain but be specific on the things I needed. And God is so gracious to us that even when we think we have the message and think we understand what is being said he’s still faithful enough to still send another message of reassurance, just to make sure his point is fully communicated and filled with life. After receiving God’s message of asking for I need in the moment and then trusting him to provide in the way he saw fit, I found myself driving around trying to run some last minute errands, in that moment my dad called me; now I typically try not to bother my parents when it comes to things I feel I should be able to handle on my own (some might call it pride). So needless to say, when dad asked me what was wrong I must have been going around and around the bush of asking what I needed because when I finally stop rambling he, already knowing that help was needed, said “so babygirl, what are you asking of me?”… This caught me off guard for many reasons because it required me to stop speaking from a frazzled place so that I could just be direct about what it was I needed. And I’m grateful because my dad was able to effortlessly help me with a solution to what I thought was such a problem. But wouldn’t it have been a shame to be so worked up emotionally all week about what I couldn’t control that when he asked “what do you need” I couldn’t gather myself to be direct or asked for something I just wanted in the moment like lunch.
What is it that you need to ask for?
How do you step back from justified emotions or feelings to gather yourself to be direct?
“If your son asks for a serving of fish, do you scare them with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl ask 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. So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give…” — Luke 11: 11-13
God wants us to remember that he’s not upstairs just distancing himself, He is here to be in the center of it showing us how he can and will provide the very thing we need when we just ask Him as His children. And although this scripture isn’t pertaining to asking for a larger house or a new phone because the speaker doesn’t work on the one you have, it does speak of the Fatherly nature of God. When you are stressed ask your Father for peace. When your heart is heavy ask your Father for the burden to be lifted. If you keep looking up and finding yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time ask your Father for wisdom and direction.
My prayer for you this week is that not only would you experience God as the provider of your needs but that He would also reveal to you the Fatherly nature of his heart. Lord we know that there is nothing to hard for you, so open our hearts and widen our perspective so that we will see how much we are truly precious in your sight. Allow us to be persistent and constant in our walk with you even when this life makes the road bumpy. We know You are worth that and so much more. Thank you for the type of unconditional love that never stops chasing us, let us in return never take for granted the opportunities we have to give that love back to you.