Ask, and it shall be given you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asks receives, and he that seeks finds and to him that knocks it shall be opened.

Matthew 7:7, 8 (Paraphrase)

This morning I was awakened early and could not go back to sleep. As I lay there thinking and praying about several situations that are currently part of my life, I hear my three-year-old son’s voice next to me, “I need my water.” I immediately reach over to the nightstand where his water cup is waiting for such moments and hand it to him. He drinks, hands it back, and again drifts off to sleep.

As I continue to lay there, I begin to muse over what had just happened. This is not an unusual occurrence. It usually happens at least once every night. However, most of the time I am in a dead sleep and only vaguely remember handing him his water cup and taking it back. What was different this time was that I was actually awake and could process what had happened.

The thing that struck me the most was how calm and quietly he asked for the water. He did not cry or speak loudly. He did not even know I was awake. I am not totally sure he was! Yet, every night, when he needs water, he will state in a quiet voice, “I need my water.”

He has no doubt that I will hand it to him. Complete faith! He does not need to yell, cry, or make a fuss. In his child’s mind, he assumes that I will hear him and answer his need.  

This makes me think about what Jesus tell us, “Ask, and it shall be given you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asks receives, and he that seeks finds and to him that knocks it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7,8 paraphrase)  

I have always found this verse interesting. It does not say, “cry, whine, yell and maybe God will listen.” No, it says, “Ask and it will be given to you.” Sounds too simple, right? Yet, as a parent all our kids have to do is tell us their needs and we are right there to help them out. Do we expect God, as our Father, to feel differently about us?  

Think about how different our world and lives would be if we approached God with this same complete faith that our children have in us! Jesus tells us that we should. He tells us that it is allowed, that God wants us to approach Him in this manner. Why then do we not try it?

Maybe we do not believe it can happen to us. Do we think it should be more complicated, more complex? Or perhaps we do not feel comfortable asking God for what we need because it has been a while since we have spoken to him.

Whatever the reason, I want to offer you a challenge today. Go take a minute and talk to God. Tell him your needs in complete faith, knowing that He is listening because He said he is. Know that he cares about you just like you care about your children and He wants to help you too.