You’re 15 and on your birthday your dad surprises you by telling you he will purchase your first car.
What! He’s got to be kidding! This has been your biggest worry and you’ve had no idea how to solve it.
You’re elated, but you’ve heard a lot of things about dads these days. They can be scoundrels. They don’t always tell the truth. Sometimes it’s a trick: they have been known to mislead, after all. And really, in the end they are mainly out for themselves.
Each day you feel you need this promise reconfirmed, so you bring it up and ask him to buy you a car. The petition is wearing him out and at the least seems harmful to the relationship when he has already told you, “you have a car.”
Why would you keep asking over and over again if it’s been promised for you the moment you need it?
I wonder if we are treating Father this way?
We keep petitioning Father for things that have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Since the blessing has been given to us, we have the blessing. Could it be that we need to get better at receiving the blessing?
Life as a son of God is good if we can see it as a dependent, like a baby bird relies on its mother.
The mother goes and gathers the needs and brings the food to the baby who then simply opens his mouth as wide as he can get it to receive the food.
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
Psalm 81:10 – I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. (NIV)
Here it is again in the NLT – For it was I, the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things. (NLT)
I have been finding that I’m constantly asking Father for things within the scope of His provision, as if I have to talk Him into these things, when all along He just wants me to receive.
Receiving prayers have a place, and that place is powerful!
I receive the gifts of the Spirit!
I receive wisdom!
I receive healing in my body!
I receive an increase of financial abundance!