Asking for God’s Provision


“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being 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!” (Matthew 7: 7 – 11)


We are encouraged by Jesus to recognize God as a provider. He is our heavenly Father and we are his children. If we ask Him in faith to fulfill our needs, He will pour out His blessings upon us. We will never thirst or go hungry; nor lack any precious or necessary thing. In humility, we as little children will eat from the hand of our shepherd; and follow Him wherever He chooses to lead us. No matter the circumstances, or the obstacles, we must trust in Him who is able to overcome everything.

As the story goes, one day a destitute philosopher in the court of Alexander the Great approached the Emperor, seeking his charity. Alexander responded by telling the treasurer to give the man any sum he might ask for. The man promptly demanded ten thousand pounds. The treasurer objected to the extravagant amount. But Alexander replied, saying, “Let the money be instantly paid. I am delighted with this philosopher’s way of thinking. By the largeness of his request, he shows the highest idea he has conceived of my wealth and generosity.” In like manner, God Himself is honored.

In the book of James we read, “you have not because you ask not.” If we desire to walk with God, we must learn to rely on Him by making daily requests for His provision. When we seek Him in prayer He is attentive. If we need food, water, wisdom, healing, strength, etc., He is faithful to lavish upon us great blessings, so that others might see His generosity and be drawn to the the foot of the cross.

“Lord Heavenly Father, may we learn to rely on You for all of our needs. You are our great provider; our wonderful counselor, our mighty God. In You we place our trust; in You we have our peace. Give us more of Your Holy Spirit, that we might better serve You by reaching out to those who are lost in darkness. Live in us, that Your great light might shine forth for all to see. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.” God bless all of you!

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