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Listen while you read: "At The Name Of Jesus"1 (Lyrics)
Matthew 7:11 – 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! (NIV)
When we replaced our septic tank last year, it required a lot of digging and earthmoving, which resulted in the loss of our biggest grazing area for the horses and goats. In another year or two, our greenery will be restored, but in the meantime, having to feed extra hay during the summer months was getting expensive. So I decided to pray about it. I simply asked God to help me to find some really great, inexpensive hay. And He did.
The fact that He supplied the hay was not a surprise. The way that He supplied it, however, was. I was busy working the counter at the hardware store when one of my neighbours from down the road came in and stopped to chat for awhile. In the course of our conversation, he told me that his lawn mower was broken, and if I wanted to bring the horses and goats down to graze, he would be quite happy for them to do the "mowing".
Wow! I was in awe at his offer that had come so quickly after my prayer, which no one knew about except God.
So now, every morning around seven, the horses and our biggest goat take a short walk to my neighbour's property, where they spend a good portion of the day "mowing" his lawn.
My neighbour is happy. The goat and the horses are happy. And I'm happy — happy that I serve a God Who enjoys answering prayer with such good gifts simply because He loves me, just as He loves you and all of mankind.
So today, don't be shy about asking God for what you need, and you, too, might end up with a wonderful surprise!
Prayer: Father God, how marvellous You are in Your love for us. Thank You that we can talk to You about everything and anything, and not only know that You hear us, but also know that we can count on You to answer us with the greatest gift of all: Your good and perfect will. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.