Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Good Father

It was 4:00 in the morning when the phone rang. Never a good thing.

Turns out that when our daughter, Bethany, had got up to go to work shortly before, she found the front door standing wide open. Two of our three dogs had bolted for freedom, and were nowhere to be found. She woke her brother, Derek, so he could start the hunt. It was Derek who had phoned us, calling in reinforcements.

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My husband, Alan, jumped in his car to help in the search.

My part was to pray. I felt a little like one of the kids in our children’s ministry who always ask us; “Would you pray for my sick puppy?” And of course we do pray, but always with a smile, grateful that it’s the biggest concern they have.

I laid there, pondering that feeling. “Isn’t that what children do?” I wondered.

“Don’t they ask their father for the things that are important to them? Don’t they ask him to fix those things that they can’t fix?”

So that’s what I did; I asked my Father to direct Derek and Alan’s steps so that they might find our dogs. Who knew how long they had been gone? A husky and a lab can get pretty far in a short period of time. Nevertheless, as His daughter, I asked Him to do that for me and for my son.

So why should I be surprised when a mere 20 minutes later they walked in the door, dogs in tow? I knew exactly Who to thank—my Father!

As God’s children, we have every right to ask Him for things. He encourages us to approach with the faith of a little child, whose “…angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). He promises that we can “…approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

So how do kids ask for things? Without hesitation, without doubt, and without fear. Nothing is too small for them to bring to the Lord. Because they know the one they are asking loves them.

He is a good Father.

Which of you, if your 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!                                                                                                                         Matthew 7:9-11

Further reflection:

  1. Have you ever hesitated to ask God for something because you considered it frivolous? What was it?
  2. Why did you hesitate?
  3. Write Matthew 7:9-11 down on a 3x5 card, and memorize it. Whenever you hesitate to bring any request to God, bring it out and read it again as a reminder that He is a good Father.

There are times, Lord, when You answer my prayers in such a way that I have to laugh! Only You encourage us to pray, believing You will answer, and then do it such a way that we so clearly recognize Your hand in it. You are a good Father, and I am grateful to be Your daughter.

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