I love to be around little children with their parents. If you have the opportunity to be around children, next time listen to the conversations. Recently I was talking to my oldest granddaughter on the phone, and she was at the grocery store with my daughter, her mother, and her two brothers. I could hear in the background, one of her brother’s asking for EVERYTHING. I had to chuckle. She even told me, “hold on grandma,” as she proceeded to ask for pizza for dinner. If you’re a parent you are probably relating to this, and thinking “I am very familiar with that.” Or, “yes, it happens all the time with my children.” I could hear my daughter saying, “No” more than I heard her say, “Yes.” Sometimes it just happens that way. What would happen if we said “Yes” all the time? I’ll leave that question open.
When my children were little, before we went into the store I’d have them repeat after me, “I will not ask for anything.” Now, we laugh when we talk about that because what do you think happened right when their feet hit the inside of the store? Correct. They forgot what was just said two minutes earlier, and asked for EVERYTHING.
Why do children do this? Simple. They know you have provided for them before, they have the items, and memory to prove it. They know you love them. There is a comfort there with them that allows them to ask. And, sometimes ask more than once. This I know. Children are smart, and see the homes they live in, cars driven, items purchased, items they currently have, and they have experience with asking. It does not matter what house they live in, or car that is driven. I do volunteer work for a local organization, and it does not matter. Children still ask. I love it! I love they ask. I love they ask, even when they might know the answer will be no. Parent, grandparents, aunts, uncles – think about it. I laugh when they ask, and when the answer is, no, they try another route, or for a smaller item.
Let’s think about that. If our children feel it is important enough to ask us for things, even the smallest item – like gum from a gumball machine, or a piece of candy from the check-out lane. As parents, grandparents, or caregiver to a child we want them to ask us; to come to us. How does God feel about us asking him for even the smallest things? He is our heavenly Father, “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Gal. 3:26 NLT. Do we ask Him for the small things? The everyday things? Or do we just ask for the BIG things? As I was reading these next few verses I immediately thought, children are already born with this scripture instilled in them, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks the door will be opened.” Mt. 7:7-8 NLT. I believe that because God, himself says, he made me in the inner most parts of my body in my mother’s womb. He saw me before I was born, and every moment of our lives were laid out even before we were born. Ps. 139: 13-16 NLT. So back to the question – are we asking God for the small things in our lives? Do we invite Him into the details? Like my oldest granddaughter, who stopped our conversation, to ask her mother to get pizza for dinner, do we stop and ask God for whatever it is at that moment we’d like? She’s seven years old.
I spoke to my daughter the next day, because my granddaughter had said, “mommy said, no.” Sometimes my grandchildren do that thinking I, being their parents mother, will intervene for them. You have to love children! I asked, if they had pizza for dinner, and she said, “yes, but it was not the frozen pizza from the store. They stopped and picked pizza up.” I thought – isn’t that what we do parents? If we say, no when they ask. It is because we know we have something better for them. Of course. If we do that – don’t you think God does that too? After all, he is a parent. Let’s continue in Matthew and see what comes next, after asking. In verse nine, “You parents – if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” Mt. 7:9-11 NLT. Friends, today – let’s follow our children’s lead, and ask God for pizza for dinner! He may say no, but we can be assured it is because He has something better!