Children are generally pretty bold when it comes to asking their parents for things they want or need. We should teach them to have that same boldness in bringing their requests to God. Jesus taught us that we should not only ask but ask persistently–never giving up. (Luke 18:1-8)
God has given us an open invitation to ask him for anything that is good. In his sermon on the mount, Jesus said,
“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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your 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!” (Matthew 7:7-11)
God is good and holy; therefore, he cannot give us something that is evil or will lead us to sin. But he’s more than happy to give us ANYTHING that honors his name or is according to his will.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)
How do we know what honors his name or is according to his will? His word tells us. Anything God’s word instructs us to do or be, we can ask for with boldness based on his authority and will. What about fear and anxiety? God’s word says, don’t be anxious or afraid. What about the troublesome classmate, neighbor or friend? God says to love our neighbor and our enemies. What about rest, peace and joy? God is in favor of those. Ask and keep asking. Asking is faith. God likes faith. Teach you children to keep asking for more.