When Albert Einstein was a very famous man one of his neighbors found out that her ten year old daughter had been visiting his house. The woman asked her child about this and the child explained: “I had trouble with my homework in arithmetic. People said that at No. 112 there lived a very good mathematician. So I asked him to help me. He was very willing and explained everything very well. He said I should come whenever I have a problem too difficult.” Alarmed at the child’s boldness, the girl’s mother went to Einstein to apologize. Einstein said, “You don’t have to apologize. I have learned more from the conversations with this child than she has from me.” This story really captures my imagination. Imagine having access to one of the greatest mathematicians in history and finding out that he is willing to help you with your math!
And yet there is a greater scene that captures my imagination: having access to the Creator of the universe and finding out that He is more than willing to listen to my requests. That was one of the amazing facts Jesus tried to convey to people during his ministry. He compared God to a judge to whom a woman came seeking justice for her cause. Because of her persistence, even though she had no standing in the community, she received it. He likened His Father to a friend who at midnight was approached by a neighbor seeking provisions. He got his request because of his persistence. So he insists “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” What is He saying? That your Father in heaven is more anxious to answer your prayers than you are to pray! In case we haven’t gotten the point He concludes with this gem: “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 things to those who ask him!”
It is incredible to think that someone could have access to assistance beyond their wildest dreams and yet never take advantage of that fact. And yet many Christians do this all the time, in spite of the plain teaching that God wants us to come to Him for all our needs. Remember your Friend in High Places!
Senior Pastor of Cactus Christian Fellowship