“I will not go with you.” Exodus 33:3 (NIV) God brought the people out of Egypt and gathered them at Mount Sinai where He made a covenant with them. But while Moses was receiving the words of God at the top of the mountain, the people were rebelling against God...
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10 (NIV)
Asking arises from a relationship, and the extent of your asking depends on the strength of the relationship that you have. Jesus uses two pictures of our relationship with God: First, that God is your friend, and second, that God is your Father.
Jesus tells this great story about a man who is surprised when a friend of his arrives at midnight. The man doesn’t have any food in the house, so he goes and wakes up his friends to ask for some bread. The extent of the asking depends on the strength of the relationship. Then Jesus goes even further: Not only is God your friend, but He is also your Father.
Sons ask big things of their fathers. Sons regularly ask their fathers to pay for college. Try asking that of the man who lives ten doors down the street! The extent of the asking depends on the strength of the relationship.
It’s natural for a father to do everything that he can for his son or daughter, everything that he believes is in his or her best interest.
Now says Jesus to His disciples: God is not like some neighbor down the street. You could ask your neighbor to borrow a ladder, but you are not likely to ask your neighbor to pay your way through college. If it is really true that God has become your Father through the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, then you have the most marvelous freedom in asking.
Are you approaching God like a father? Why or why not?