“No,” I replied, setting down the syrup next to his stack of fourteen pancakes.
Examining the card, Andrew asked, “So you stamped and colored this card.”
“How did you know I’d want a blue truck,” asked the birthday boy.
Smiling, I said, “Because I’m your mom and I know what your favorite color is.”
The stack of fourteen silver dollar pancakes (one cake per year of birth) disappear and the birthday boy exhales, “Mom and Dad, thank you for the best birthday ever. Thank you for letting me invite a few friends to the trampoline park and spending a night. Mom I can’t believe you bought all the junk food I wrote on the list!”
Hours later, the sight of Andrew’s birthday card on the kitchen table reminded me of our earlier conversation. Our son was surprised that we would know exactly how to make his fourteenth birthday a blast. God reminded me that even more than I know my son, my Heavenly Father knows me. He knows the details of my heart’s needs and desires.
“Your [heavenly] Father knows what you need before you ask.” (Matthew 6:8)
“Your Father in heaven gives good gifts to those who ask him.” (Matthew 7:11)
A few days before his birthday celebration, Andrew left a grocery list of food items for his sleepover. He was hopeful, but not demanding. To his surprise, we purchased everything on the list.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
I ponder; I am simply guilty of not asking. God’s desire is to give good gifts to his children. I am guilty of praying about the big areas of my life, but leave the smaller issues for myself as if I don’t want to exasperate God. That line of thinking is wrong. Paul, the author of Philippians, encourages us to ask with thanks by prayer and petition.
Taking out a new sheet of paper, I dated the top and listed all my requests. As God answers each or changes the situation, I will write the date alongside each request.
Moral of Andrew’s fourteenth birthday, just ask.
- What do you desire that you haven’t bothered asking God for?
- Consider creating your own list of prayer and petition before God.
~April Dawn White
*Images courtesy of Author & Pixabay. Stamp, “Loads of Love courtesy of Stampin Up.
*Scripture is NIV from BibleGateway.com unless otherwise noted.
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