Ask and it Shall Be Given to you!
Matthew 7: 7 “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? 10 Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
This Sunday, I will be preaching a sermon entitled, “God of the Increase.” The main point of the message is that the God we serve wants us to improve ourselves on every level- to improve ourselves mentally, physically,spiritually, relationaly, financially, and the list goes on. From my opinion, this is notohing to be ashamed of.
The start point for my sermon Sunday is the prayer of Jabez which is found in 1 Chronicles 4: 1 Chronicles 4: 10 Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from hurt and harm!” And God granted what he asked.
Jabez asks God for the following things:
- I need your blessings
- Enlarge my border
- Stick with me (“That your hand might be with me”)
- Keep me from hurt and harm
And, the conclusion of the story is that “God granted what he asked.” I stress – Jabez asked! Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount that we should be unashamed and unafraid to “Ask” of God. Jesus teaches us to make our ask of God- “Ask and it shall be given to you” The lesson to me from this teaching is:
- We should clarify what we want
- We should be unashamed to ask for what we want
- God responds to the requests we make
I am enjoying my preparation for this sermon. All week long, I have enjoyed thinking and pondering on the concept of what does it mean to serve a God who desires that you and I and all who believe in the power of the almighty, are welcome and entitled to increase the quality of our lives on every level. I am preaching on this theme tomorrow, Sunday, May 15,2022 at 8:30 AM EST on Facebook, YouTube, and the church website- www.puccdetroit.org
- What are your thoughts about, “The God of Increase”?
- What do you think about this writing on “Ask and it shall be given to you”?
- Other thoughts?
Prayer – God, grant me the clarity to know what I want, ask for what I want, and to tend to what you give to me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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