The first week of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Matthew 3-8. These chapters spoke mainly of Jesus’ baptism, the beginning of His ministry, the Sermon on the Mount, and some of the miracles that He performed.
Matthew 7:7-11 addresses the topic of asking and receiving from our Heavenly Father. These verses assure us that those who ask receive, those who seek find, and that the door will be opened to those who knock. They use the example of a parent’s response to their child’s requests. If we, as humans, know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more will our wonderful Daddy in heaven give good gifts to us when we ask!
After reading in chapter 7 that those who ask will receive, Matthew 8 gives account of a number of people who presented differing requests to Jesus. They sought Him out for various reasons. A leper desired to be cleansed. A centurion was in need of healing for his servant. Many who were demon-possessed, or in need of healing, were brought to Him. His disciples cried out to Him to save them when they were in a boat, and a storm arose. Did any of these people fail to receive what they asked for? Did even one of those who sought Him fail to find that for which they came? When was the last time you asked God for something? What have you been requesting of Him lately? Do you know that He is both willing and able to meet all of your needs, both big and small?
Our Heavenly Father wants us, today, to ask of Him all that we need. He gives good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11). Don’t be anxious about anything, but rather present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6), confident that you will see His provision in your life!
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