“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 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 7:7-11).
More than a hundred years ago in Bristol, England, George Mueller instructed the 300 orphans in his charge to sit at the table and then led them in a prayer of thanksgiving for bread — bread he didn’t have but was sure the Lord would provide. A few minutes after he said, “Amen,” there was a knock at the door. It was the village baker with three large trays of fresh bread. He had gotten up at two o’clock that morning to bake after being unable to shake the thought that the orphans would need bread that morning. But that’s not all.
Not long after, there was another knock at the door. A milk delivery wagon had broken down right in front of the orphanage. The milk would soon go bad anyway, so the milkman offered it to George and his orphans, free of charge!
As this true story illustrates, prayer should be our first response when we encounter needs in our life. Why? Because God is faithful to provide, and He loves it when we look to Him in prayer, trusting Him to supply all our needs.
James, who had the nickname “Old Camel Knees” (because his knees were so calloused from kneeling in prayer) wrote, “Ye lust, and have not; ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not because ye ask not” (James 4:2).
What are you asking God for? Have you talked with Him today? He is still, “THE LORD WHO PROVIDES.”