Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? 10 Or if the child asks for a fish, will you give a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!  

A.S.K. ask, seek knock. This describes what can best be understood as a posture of prayer and not a guarantee of an answer as we may specify. We bring a need or concern to our God in the confident expectation that we are loved, valued and heard. A response is always there according to God’s perfect will. And we are called to trust in that response, whether yes, no, not yet, or “I have a different plan” which we need to receive as ultimately working out better than what we’re asking, seeking or knocking about. God knows how to give good gifts as do we with our children. As my 16th birthday approached there was a 20 year-old Ford convertible for sale by a neighbor on the next block, only about three hundred dollars as I recall. And my hopes were quite clear to my parents. As August 11 dawned and the day wore on, instead of a convertible, a large heavy box was delivered. It wasn’t as expected. It was a dishwasher! As the firstborn of nine and as the senior cleaner-upper of dining room and kitchen after each evening meal, I should have been more grateful than I expressed. But it sure wasn’t the cool, but somewhat beat-up convertible I sought. I look back and laugh. All things considered (which is parenting at its best) they made the right choice in terms of helping me grow up.Pastor Bill

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