Today's Verse 3: "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."Luke 11:9If there's one thing most of us know how to do is request something from God. At least we think we do. For some of us our asking gets different results, and many times if the result isn't what we want we feel let down, or disappointed by God.
What if I told you that God would like to give you everything you ask for, but that sometimes as Christians we're simply not asking for the right things. God is our parent, our Father, so He only wants what's in our best interest. If God says no to something, His reasoning is always based on our well-being. Because He knows our ultimate future and our purpose, He is able to gauge what will harm us or what will bring us joy. Sometimes He gives us things that don't bring us joy, that we've asked for, just so that we can learn from our mistakes.
I try to preface my request with "if it's best for me" or "if it is in your will Lord" please give me _______________. That way if I don't get it I already know that it isn't in my best interest, and if I do get it I don't have to wonder if what I've received is not good for me after all. Being a Christian and staying on a Godly path is hard enough, without having to deal with the consequences of asking for the wrong thing. Some of our requests, I know are a lot deeper than this, but the core is the same. No matter what, God is looking out for our best interests. He's never trying to be mean, or being uncaring. He cares deeply, but as humans we are limited in what we can see and understand, so we just have to trust that our omniscient Father knows exactly what He's doing.