“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; he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his 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!”
A little boy was spending his Saturday morning playing in his sandbox. He had with him his box of cars and trucks, his plastic pail, and a shiny, red plastic shovel. In the process of creating roads and tunnels in the soft sand, he discovered a large rock in the middle of the sandbox.
The boy dug around the rock, managing to dislodge it from the dirt. With a little bit of struggle, he pushed and nudged the rock across the sandbox by using his feet. (He was a very small boy, and the rock was very large.) When the boy got the rock to the edge of the sandbox however, he found that he couldn’t roll it up and over the little wall.
Determined, the little boy shoved, pushed, and pried, but every time he thought he had made some progress, the rock tipped and then fell back into the sandbox. The little boy grunted, struggled, pushed, & shoved; but his only reward was to have the rock roll back, smashing his chubby fingers.
Finally he burst into tears of frustration. All this time the boy’s father watched from his living room window as the drama unfolded. At the moment the tears fell, a large shadow fell across the boy and the sandbox. It was the boy’s father. Gently but firmly he said,
“Son, why didn’t you use all the strength that you had available?”
Defeated, the boy sobbed back,
“But I did, Daddy, I did! I used all the strength that I had!”
“No, son,” corrected the father kindly.
“You didn’t use all the strength you had. You didn’t ask me.”
With that the father reached down, picked up the rock and removed it from the sandbox.
There is a good lesson for all of us to learn from this story. Many times in our lives we are faced with obstacles that are too large for us to move and dislodge. Yet we try to “do it ourselves”, and do not call on “Abba”, our Heavenly Father to assist us. We need to grasp how much we mean to Him as His children, grasp how much He loves us, and grasp how much it is His desire to help and care for us.
We read in His Word…
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18)
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.” (Ephesians 3:14)
“We have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!” (Hebrews 12:9)
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” (1 John 3:1)
In Acts the 17th chapter we read that in him we live and move and have our being, and that we are his offspring. Realizing that we are the sons and daughters of the Almighty God we can boldly and confidently call upon Him for help, guidance and rescue. Just as it was nothing for the father in the story above to remove the stone, it is nothing for God to move and remove huge boulders and obstacles that are in your way. He will reach out His hand and help you and remove whatever it is that seems too big, too heavy and too large in your life for you to overcome.
Prayer rightly plunges us into a world of grace—into the heart of Jesus’ own relationship with the one He called “Abba, Father.” How often, though, these words become part of a repetitious, habitual prayer rather than a mind-blowing revelation of God, and repetitious instead of an intimate conversation between a Father and His child. Prayer is the appointed means for obtaining what we need from our Heavenly Father. Pray, and be serious and earnest about it. Knock, as he that desires to enter into the house knocks at the door. Sin has shut and barred the door against us; but by prayer we knock. Whatever you pray for, according to the promise, it shall be given you. God explains his readiness to give to us by using a comparison taken from earthly parents, and their readiness to give their children what they ask.
God is all-wise; he knows what we need, what we desire, and what is fit for us. Let us never suppose our heavenly Father would ask us to pray, and then refuse to hear, or give us what would be hurtful. Our Heavenly Father is always faithful to us, His children.
Do you have “rocks” in your life that need to be removed? Are you discovering that you don’t have what it takes to lift them? Your Heavenly Father is there for you, He is the only one who is always available to you and is always willing to give you the strength you need to be victorious in your life. We come before God in all our poverty and weakness, as children, and though we deserve nothing, God is never, ever stingy with us. That’s His promise…Believe it.