Today, our third week of the fast begins. Our first week focus was remembering who God is. Our second week focus was hearing from God. Our focus this week is to believe for breakthrough. Now is the time to, by choice, put our faith to work and to really ask, pray, and believe for breakthroughs in our behavior, thoughts, and relationships.
SCRIPTURE - Matthew 7:7-11
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “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!
Here, Jesus teaches people that God is approachable. He doesn't say, "Accept that what God has given you is what you've got." He teaches that we can ask God for things, that we can find Him, and that He will open doors to welcome us in.
Good earthly parents love their children, and they want their children to feel comfortable approaching them with their needs. If God is the perfect Father, He wants to do that even more with us!
Now, we know that "ask and you will receive" is not a formula for getting Gucci purses or Ferraris. Because God is a perfect Father, He knows truly what we need, and He wants to satisfy our deepest needs that bring the truest joy and peace.
But He also wants us to approach Him. If God gave us everything we needed without us asking, we'd be missing out on the most valuable gift we could receive: connection and relationship with Him.
What do you need from God? Have you asked Him for it? Is there anything you need that you haven't approached Him for? You'll discover that going to God is sometimes even sweeter than the answered prayer. Go to God and ask Him today.
"God, I come to you today to ask that you would ________ (fill in your own words here). I know that this can only come from you, and I pray that you would meet my need today. I remember that, more than any need you could meet, you are the greatest gift in my life. In Jesus' name, amen."