prayer | provision

State Your Request

May 3, 2021

The little boy walked in the middle of the toy-ridden area rug. He stood in between me and my husband, who was hooked on a show. With a low voice and longing gaze, he asked for snacks. Failing to hear his request the first time, I asked him for a repeat.

I want to eat gummy fruits.” in hushed tones.

“Kiss me first. Yup, both checks. Daddy too.” I stipulated. He politely obeyed.

I held his hand and led him to the kitchen. His smirk didn’t escape my notice as he picked up his loot. He then handed his pack of chewy snacks to me, so I could tear it open.

Training him to respond properly, I exhorted, “What will you say?” 

He bowed his head and said, “Thank you.” 

“Your welcome.”

Before we could go back to our comfortable spots, the husband joined in the conversation. “Isn’t God good? He never fails to provide for us. We don’t run out of snacks in kitchen drawer. And we could buy any food we want, anytime we want them.”

I looked him in the face and teased,

“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 7:11

He giggled. 

As parents, it brings us joy every time our son asks for something. In fact, we encourage him to do it. We’re guilty of doting on him many times too.

When our little boy asks for his food favorites, my husband would be behind the wheels in less than 5 minutes and procure the plea. At the grocery store, I pick up snacks with him in mind. We even go so far as buying toys in advance. When we notice good behavior, we reward him with it.

Are we like those model parents in TV commercials?

Far from it! In fact, I couldn’t count the times feeling guilty for getting angry at his disobedience or immaturity. (Seriously, he is only three.) Instances like this reveals my flaws, reminding me of my need for God’s wisdom to parent my child.

If we — being imperfect, foolish at times – know how to lavish our only son with yummy foods and nice gifts, how much more our Daddy God, who is in heaven?

If we — prone to sinning — swell with joy when our little boy asks for his wants, how much more Abba Father, who cares deeply for you and me?

Each time a need arises in our family, we make sure to go to the Lord and ask. (Oh, we never run out of requests.) He is our Jehovah Jireh. Our God who provides. Only He could richly give us all things to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17)

Whatever we have today is born out of prayer, of our relationship with Him.

We aren’t necessarily rich in the world’s standard, but compared to where we were — ahem, our impoverished past — I could see God’s goodness enveloping all through the years. He has never failed to meet our needs, yes, including wants. 

What is your area of need today? Come boldly to His throne of grace, there you will find mercy and grace to help us in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Therefore, ask. Stand in the middle of His goodness, state your request. He will hold you by the hand and lead you to the answer you need.

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