“How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” (Matthew 7:11)
Jesus is speaking to his disciples and at the same time laying the foundation for a clear understanding of our relationship with the Father and the rules of personal behavior for those who have his spirit. With the simple argument in this verse Jesus is urging his disciples and us to keep our minds ever on the fact that God is in control of everything. Which mean the followers of Jesus must keep an attitude of mind of complete trust and a willingness to let the request freely go forward and let God control the response?
It is not unusual to hear believing and trusting Christians say; “O Lord, take me, break me and make me into what you have me to be.” If you have ever made a similar statement I have two questions for you: Do you mean it? And will God believe that you mean it? Keep it in your mind that God is there and He hears every prayer, we may forget what we have asked of Him, but He never forgets. So, be careful what you ask for! Our requests, prayers and lives are in His hand, if you can keep your mind thinking along that line, then when life’s difficulties come it is as easy as breathing to remember.
There are no difficulties, challenges or perplexities that enter into our lives that God is not aware of, He knows all about it! There was a time in my life, and I am not alone, that I would go to a close friend or family member with my problems. But as my faith in God and understanding of Divine control over my life matured, the Spirit of God has so powerfully formed my dependence on Him that now I go to God with my needs. Jesus offered his disciples this understanding and it works on a simple principle—God is my Father, He loves me, I shall never pray for anything He will ever forget, why should I worry?
There are times in every Christian’s life when it seems that God is not going to lift the darkness from you, but you must trust Him in the darkness as well as in the light. Sometime God looks like an absentee Landlord, He is not; He may even seem to be a “Deadbeat Dad” but He is not; and He will often seem to be an unfair and harsh judge, He is not. As long as we keep the attitude in mind that God alone is behind all things good
and evil and absolutely nothing happens in all of creation unless His will is behind it. Here is what King David had to say about God having Divine control over everything:
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all.
Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all. Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name” (1 Chronicles 29:11-13).
Faith is more than just a state of mind that allows you to believe in God, but an attitude within your mind which produces an environment in your life where going to the source is as natural as breathing. Relax, breathe easy you can rest in complete confidence that God has the world in His hand. Ask, and it shall be given you, that is what Jesus said and he should know, it is all in His hand. “May the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21).
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ