God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! Ephesians 3:20 (TM)
One summer afternoon many years ago my daughter (she was about eight or nine at the time) came running into the house. "Daddy? Can we play in the sprinklers?" she asked with a touch of fear in her voice.
I thought for a minute before answering her question with a question.
"Are you a child?" I asked.
"Yes," she replied with a questioning look.
"Is it a beautiful day outside?" I quizzed.
"Yes," came the answer again.
"And are the sprinklers on outside?" I asked with more energy.
"YES!" she said hardly able to contain her excitement.
"Then by all means, GET OUT THERE AND PLAY IN THE SPRINKLER!!" I said as she screamed and giggled and ran out to tell her sister to put on her swimsuit.
I’ve noticed that children are sometimes afraid to ask for things. Perhaps they anticipate a gruff "NO!" to their request. The thing is, I like saying "yes" to my kids. I like blessing them whenever I can. Our heavenly Father makes it clear that He likes blessing us!
Perhaps when God seems miserly with His blessing it’s because we’ve been miserly with our requests, and we’ve chosen to believe that He’ll say ‘no’ before we even ask. So, we never ask….and never receive.