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Matthew 7:9-11 New Living Translation © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust

9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 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.

In the 1870s, according to children’s refined breeding, my British Grannie could only talk to her parents when invited to speak to them.
Ancient thoughts of prayer in the Sermon on the Mount seem, therefore, all the more remarkable. Regardless of social patterns, Jesus admits that when hungry children ask for bread (the staple of life, even for the poor)—or a fish—they are heard.
Jesus shows how human parents will meet the pangs of hunger rather than offer harm.
However, the rules of “being proper spiritually” often bind adults even more, yet it’s important to admit our inner hunger. Since Moses taught that we don’t live by bread alone, but by every word of God (Deuteronomy 8:3), notice how Jesus uses the verbs ask and give.
We are not only allowed to ask, but Jesus commands us to ask—so let’s nourish our relationship by asking, and watch Him give!

Claire Alexander


Leann said…
I have found that some times one doesnt even have to ask.some times I forget that God loves to bless his kids just for the sake of blessing them.I had been at a sale one day and saw something I dearly loved.but I had no money along.and I was in a diffrent town.the thing I had wanted was cheat enough but I didnt have the money to get it.I said Lord I sure would have liked having that.but I belivie you have better for me or Id have the money to get it.
I had been looking for that thing for over a year or more.well about a month later,while walking in the sat the same typwriter only a better color and in better shape and alot cheaper,and I did have the money.and this one had its own case the other one didnt.
some times Ill just think to my self O that is so cute or nice and dont even ask for it.and someone will get it for me.the Lord loves to bless me.and he does it so good.thats why I like to bless him to.and I do that by sharing him with others.and having a thankful heart for all he does.God bless.

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