经文:马太福音 7:7-11“你们祈求，就给你们；寻找，就寻见；叩门，就给你们开门。 因为凡祈求的，就得着；寻找的，就寻见；叩门的，就给他开门。 你们中间谁有儿子求饼，反给他石头呢？ 求鱼，反给他蛇呢？ 你们虽然不好，尚且知道拿好东西给儿女，何况你们在天上的父，岂不更把好东西给求他的人吗？
MatthewListen: Matthew 7: 7: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 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!
When Jesus teaches us how to pray, he teaches us to pray with boldness and persistence, like those three year old children who won’t take “No” for an answer. We can never pray to our Father in heaven too often. We can never run out of chances to get an audience with our Almighty God, because Almighty God is our Abba Father. We can pray too little but we cannot pray to much.
Jesus also uses a striking picture to illustrate our . We would never give our children something that would harm them. I remember asking my father if I could buy a motorcycle when I was 16. He said “No.” He told me they were too dangerous. He was probably right, and who knows but that God was only saving me from terrible injury. Besides, my father knew how reckless I could be. My FATHER in heaven knew it as well!
So we can ask. But when we ask, we put our request into God’s hands to do what he wills. We pray as Jesus prayed in the garden, “Your will be done.” And because we know that God will only answer for our good, we can ask with boldness and persistence.
Prayer: Father, thank you for inviting me to pray to you as dear children can ask their fathers. I am your child by faith in Jesus, and you will hear all my prayers and give me always what is good and best for me. Teach me to pray with boldness and to pray often. Amen.
经文:马太福音 7:12 所以，无论何事，你们愿意人怎样待你们，你们也要怎样待人，因为这就是律法和先知的道理。
Matthew 7: 12: So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
You probably recognize these words as the “golden rule.” The golden rule reflects the summary of the law which is to love God above all things and to love your neighbor as yourself. Sometimes, when we are in a situation where we wonder what we should to, it helps just to ask ourselves the question, “What is the LOVING thing to do,” or “How what would I want others to do for me in this circumstance.”
Here’s an example. You meet a homeless man on the street who is asking for some money. First, you aren’t sure if his need is genuine. Second, you don’t know if he will use the money you give him to feed a habit which caused him to be homeless in the first place. The easiest thing to do is just to pass him by and not bother with him at all.
But what would you want you to do if you were in his circumstances? If I were in his circumstances, I think I would want someone to acknowledge that I exist and that someone cares. So if I had the time, I think the best I could do is to take him to a restaurant nearby and by him something to eat, and even sit down with him to find out who he really is. It might be one of those moments where I could end up sharing Jesus with him.
And if I didn’t have the time, I think I would give him a dollar and ask him to spend it on food and nothing else. Sure he can lie, but that’s on him. What’s on me is to love my neighbor as myself.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me for all the times I’ve passed people by who need my help. Too often I have used the excuse that I didn’t have the time. Forgive me for not making the time to help my brother in need, whether it’s the man on the street or the widow next door. Give me a heart that reflects your unselfish and unconditional love. I ask this in your name. Amen.