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Our Generous Heavenly Father
By Pastor John

Our Heavenly Father desires to give us good gifts
Matthew 7:7-11
7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 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!

Like all good parents, our Heavenly Father wants to give us good gifts. When our children ask for good things, we don't give them bad things. We want to bless them with good things. The key words in verse 11 are "how much more."  "How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!"

Just like we human parents, our Heavenly Father knows to give us good things that we wouldn't choose for ourselves. Let me illustrate by sharing about two gifts that my parents gave to me.

When I was a freshman at Ohio State University, my parents surprised me at Christmas by giving me a paid-for trip to the Rose Bowl.  I was blown away by this gift. Two days after Christmas, I flew to Los Angeles with a group of students. We toured all the sites, went to the Rose Bowl Parade, and of course to the Rose Bowl game. It was a great week. It was unexpected, and it impressed me greatly that my parents would do that. That's the first gift.

The second "gift" was far less thrilling to me. In fact, I hated it. It was a few years earlier while I was still in high school. My parents forced me to take typing class. I didn't think I needed it. I thought it was for girls who wanted to be secretaries. The class was awful. Through drill after drill, I had to learn to type fast and accurately without looking at the keyboard. I hated it, but I did become a very good typist.

Which gift was greater?  The Rose Bowl trip was a lot of fun, but all I have to show for it is fond memories.  I disliked the typing class, but it opened the door for me to obtain three college degrees, to write many articles for Christian magazines, to prepare thousands of sermons as a pastor, and to write this web site that you are currently reading, "God's Word Is Flawless."

My parents knew to give me truly good gifts.  "How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"

Every good and perfect gift comes from our Heavenly Father
James 1:17
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Our Heavenly Father wants us to ask Him alone
Matthew 6:5-6
5 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

When we pray in secret, Our Heavenly father will reward us.  The same is true when we give in secret to those in need (Matthew 6:2-5) and when we fast in secret (Matthew 6:16-18)

We are to ask our Heavenly Father for everything
Matthew 6:7-13
7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 "This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'

Our Heavenly Father gave us His Son Jesus, and He will give us all things with Him.
Romans 8:32
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

We must not hinder our Heavenly Father's blessings
Mark 11:25
25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

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