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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John 9:8, 9 His neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar said, “Isn’t this the one who used to sit begging?” Some said, “He’s the one.” Others were saying, “No, but he looks like him.” He kept saying, “I’m the one.” (CSB)
Luke 6:43-45 “A good tree doesn’t produce bad fruit; on the other hand, a bad tree doesn’t produce good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs aren’t gathered from thornbushes, or grapes picked from a bramble bush. A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.” (CSB)
John 8:31, 32 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (CSB)