Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Asking, not demanding

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" - Matthew 7:7 (KJV)
We naturally think this is Jesus' directive for prayer. The context, however, is personal, human, relationships - specifically family; brothers, sons. Only then does Jesus indicate how much better the Father responds.

God wants our relationships to others conducted the same way as our relationship with Him; asking, seeking, knocking - not demanding, hunting, and pushing.

I am seeing how demanding obedience, insisting on my own way, and condemning non compliance is NOT the relationship God has with me or anyone else. Life and growth comes where and when there is respect, requests, and the freedom to say/receive "no" without condemnation.

- fritz

1 comment:

  1. This one is saved in my necessary personal growth file! with gratitude, BJ