“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better? Matthew 7:7-11(The Message)
Do you believe God is good?
Because what you believe about God’s character informs how you pray.
Truthfully, we don’t always give our kids everything they desire. Their lack of life experience can prevent a full understanding of the impact of the gift.
For example, I once spotted my daughter in her walker happily chewing on a dog bone. When I took it away, she screamed. It seemed like a good idea to her but I knew better.
God may not always give us exactly what it is we seek.We may not even recognize the gift. Perhaps it comes in a wrapping that disguises it’s true value. Sometimes, we cry because we are convinced that what we asked for does not match what we received.
Yet, God is good. Even if we can’t fully grasp what that looks like from our limited human perspective.
But there is no need to bargain with God in order to receive what will truly please our hearts. There are no conditions when it comes to a parent listening to their child’s plea and longing to please them to the fullest extent. “So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?”
What is it that you are asking for? Can you place your focus on the gift giver rather than the gift?
Loving God, we lay the desire of our hearts before you. We leave fear behind and boldly, like a child, ask for ___________________________________. As we wait, remind us of your goodness. Open our eyes to the ways you are mindful of us in ways we are not aware or haven’t recognized. We thank you for being so good to us. Amen