Day 120: Good Gifts

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Matthew 7:11
As a father, it is a true joy to give one of my children a gift that they really want. It can be that new toy on the birthday, that one thing they want more than anything for Christmas, or even a freshly baked cookie that makes their eyes light up.

It is wonderful to see my sons appreciate the gifts that I get them, especially when they express their gratitude.

In this verse, our Heavenly Father is telling us that He also feels this kind of joy. He is uniquely positioned and empowered to give us gifts of all sorts from the physical necessities of life, to spiritual comfort and guidance. Because He delights in blessing His children, our Heavenly Father only asks us that we come to Him in prayer, first thanking Him for the many things that He has given us, and then asking humbly for the blessings we would like to receive.

 

I find that it is good to be specific in our prayers. Instead of saying simply that you’re thankful for everything, take some time and really think about the specific things that you are thankful for. Then ask specifically for the things that you need. There is nothing so trivial that our Father in Heaven will not help you with it.

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