Matthew 7:7–11 (ESV)
Ask, and It Will Be Given
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one
who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If
you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
verses are not my favorite verses. When you read this, it makes it sound like that God will give you whatever you ask for. Well… give me a $10,000,000! What is missing is a big caveat. This caveat is found in 1 John 5:14-15 “if
we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” The $10,000,000 is my will, not the Father’s
will. We must take all the full counsel of the scriptures, which means to include “the Father’s will”. We don’t get whatever we ask for, but God gives according to His will. Now, something to think about…
what He has given me is worth far more than $10,000,000. Forgiveness of sins and eternal life are priceless.
I pray: O Lord, help me to be
content with what you have given me and help me to treasure the priceless gift of salvation. Amen.
Matthew 7:1–6 (ESV)
7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and
with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to
your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your
6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
One of the most difficult tasks for
a Christian is to speak to a fellow believer about some personal fault (cf 18:15). This is especially difficult within a family or a congregation. Jesus sets forth a basic rule that needs to be observed: first, practice self-examination. If you do not realize
your own sins and faults, you cannot offer admonition to a fellow Christian. One who assumes the task of taking the speck out of his brother’s eye must do so with sincere love, deep humility, and the prayer “Forgive us our debts, as we also have
forgiven our debtors” (6:12).
I pray: Lord Jesus, help me see the log in my own eye before I seek to take the speck from another’s eye. Amen.
Do Not Be Anxious
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what
you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value
than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither
toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown
into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For
the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. 
I often break this down into several sections, but it is best
to read it all at the same time to get the full impact. My mom was a worrier. She always was worrying about something. This is not what God has in mind for us. We need to trust in the Lord who will provide and take care of us.
The last sentence has a lot of practical life application. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
I pray: O Lord, help me to trust in you to provide, protect, and to guide me. Amen.
Matthew 6:19–24 (ESV)
Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not
break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy,
your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Humans everywhere, whether rich or poor, are prone to collecting earthly treasures. Yet, only heavenly treasures are eternal. As children of light, God calls us to be generous with our possessions and to serve God as our master rather than live as slaves
to possessions. For our sake, Christ became the servant of all—to save all—by bearing all of our sins and granting us rich, surpassing, eternal forgiveness.
I pray: Heavenly Father, lead me to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Col 3:1). Amen.
16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces
that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen
by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Fasting is only one of many practices that are susceptible to religious hypocrisy. Jesus does not command His disciples to discontinue acts
of piety such as fasting, but to make sure that they are done to God’s glory (cf 1Co 10:31). Jesus practiced what He preached by giving generously, praying, and fasting for our salvation.
I pray: Holy Father,
to You belongs all glory, praise, and honor, now and forever. May my deeds reflect Your mercy and Your glory. Amen.