From the Minister's Desk
Reverend Bobby Kusilifu
How Much More?
Jesus does not want us to keep our worries and concerns to ourselves. He really wants us to ask, to seek and to knock and to be assured that we will receive, we will find and the door will be opened. He wants us to seek him and not to do things on our own. He wants us to cast all of our cares on him.
Jesus tells us in these verses in Matthew 7:9-11:
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Jesus starts with a point of similarity – what we are familiar with. That as parents, we do give good gifts to our children. If a child is hungry and asks for bread, we wouldn’t give him a stone, would we? If they asked for fish, we wouldn’t give them a snake. If a child asks for something good, we’re not going to give them something bad instead. We wouldn’t do that because we love our children. So, we know that parents give good gifts to their children (most times).
Then Jesus goes one step further. “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children”, If that’s how human parents treat their children, then how much more will God, our heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him! The key words in this verse are “how much
more.” If human parents though sinful still give good gifts to their children, then how much more will God do so.
If our sinfulness doesn’t get in the way of giving good gifts to our children, then “how much more” will God, who is perfect, loving and righteous give good gifts to those who ask him. And God is our heavenly Father. You are his precious child, and he loves you! He will not leave you knocking at the
door without opening the door for you. When you pray, he will answer you and give you whatever you ask.
It is clear that Jesus is encouraging us to be persistent in prayer. He wants us to pray, to ask our Father for what we need. Seek our Father for the help we need. Knock on the door of our Father’s house so he will open and give us what we need. Jesus really wants us to receive and enjoy our Father’s help.
It is not in vain that we pray. God is not toying with us. He answers. He gives good things when we pray. We are also encouraged to pray often, pray regularly and pray confidently. God is close at hand, he will hear, and he will give good things because we ask him.
Furthermore, God gives to all his children, none of his children are excluded.
All are welcome and urged to come to him. When we come to God through Jesus, we are coming to our Father. God is our Father. He will never, never give us what is bad for us. Never. He is our heavenly Father and he will always only give us good things if we ask.
Remember! if we can give our children what is best for them because we love them, our heavenly Father will do so to a completely perfect extent. Therefore, we should not only be persistent in prayer; we should also be confident. The one who hears our prayers is our loving Father!
May God’s grace and peace be you.