Daily D – Matthew 7:7-8
“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, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
MATTHEW 7:7-8 (CSB)
A coaching conversation with one of the most highly-regarded coaches of our day this week unlocked a truth I cannot believe I have not fully grasped until now. Put a pin in this thought and we will return to it soon.
* What are your God-honoring desires?
* What do you want to accomplish that both honors God and serves others
* What do you want that makes God smile?
* What do you want that builds a better world?
Psalm 20 is a psalm of blessing. Notice verses 4 and 5:
May he give you what your heart desires
and fulfill your whole purpose.
Let us shout for joy at your victory
and lift the banner in the name of our God.
May the LORD fulfill all your requests.
Psalm 37:4 says,
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Matthew 7:7-12 comes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Notice what he says God wants for you and me.
* He wants to hear and answer our prayers
* He answers our prayers better than we pray them
* He gives good things to us when we ask him
Back to my coaching conversation this week. Pondering aloud an idea I was considering, the coach asked, “What desire has God placed in your heart? Since God wants to give you the desires he has placed in your heart, what is your best next step?”
Here on this sunny Saturday are questions worth pondering as you take your dogs for a long walk, as you mow the yard, as you shop for groceries, and as you sit and reflect.
What desire has God placed in your heart?
What is your best next step?
I will step into the goodness God desires for me.
Our Father, please forgive me for getting to this point in my life and not fully embracing the fact that what you want for me is better than what I want for myself. Not only do you want good things for me, but those things are readily available when I lean into the special future you have prepared for me. The shared delight of your goodness and grace results in success and joy far beyond present boundaries. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.