We ask amiss when we ask simply with the determination to outdo the patience of God until He gives us permission to do what we want to do. Such asking is mere sentimental unreality. And we ask amiss when we ask things from life and not from God; asking from the desire for self-realization is in direct opposition to Christ’s desire for us. The more we realize ourselves the less we will rely on God. Are we asking things of God or of life?

Pray because you have a Father, not because it quietens you, and give Him time to answer.

Reflection Questions: Am I satisfied with what God gives me or do I want what the world has to give as well? When I pray am I truly trying to find out who God is, or am I trying to find out who I am?

Quotations taken from Our Brilliant Heritage and Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, © Discovery House Publishers