Words of Life: God’s provision
By Kay Owen-Larson
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Your Heavenly Father knows you! He knows you intimately and wants to meet your every need. In Matthew 6:8b, Jesus said, “Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask Him.” Why, then, should we pray? Prayer is not designed for us to inform the Father of our needs, for He already knows them. Prayer enables us to experience God more intimately. As we express our needs to Him, we learn to communicate with Him. Moreover, as we communicate with Him, we will come to trust in His love for us.
As earthly parents, we sometimes anticipate the needs of our children before they ask. And, just as it gives us pleasure when our children come to us with their requests, it also gives our Heavenly Father pleasure when we ask something of Him. In like manner, as our children express their needs to us, it gives us an opportunity to communicate our love to them. As they learn of our love for them, they will come to love and trust us in return. Love is the bedrock of a solid, lasting relationship with them. So it is with our Lord!
The Father is eager to provide for us, and as we learn to trust in His unrelenting love for us, we will experience His love and provision. He longs for this kind of relationship with us if we will open our hearts and trust in Him. He is ready to show Himself strong on our behalf if we but ask. “Ask, and you will be given what you ask for. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Anyone who seeks, finds. If only you will knock, the door will open.” Matthew 7: 7, 8 (TLB)