There was this quarry in the middle of a city park in the town where I grew up. There was a fence that separated the people from the water…along the fence, signs were clearly posted – “No Fishing”. Because there was no fishing the lake was full of fish…big fish. When we would walk up to that fence, the fish would come swarming toward us; a real temptation for me and my older brother Jamie, who spent long hours at that park. I must confess we did jump that fence on occasion and fish for a few minutes. We didn’t even have to bait the hook. The fish came expecting food…they certainly had bold expectations.
So, why did the fish come immediately flapping their fins? Because our mere presence set off a conditioned response in their tiny fish brains that told them we had something special to give them. Wow, what if we always had this awesome response to God and as He desires to give us good gifts—a response based on our past experience with Him that flows from a deep-seated knowledge of His character. Especially His love that gave us the greatest gift of all…Jesus…to die for us and buy our freedom from sin and eternal salvation.
Today, swim and swarm toward God with bold expectations. Expect great things from Him. Pray with bold expectancy; for prayer without expectation is unbelief in disguise. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your thoughts on having bold expectations.
Dear Father God, I confess that I come to You at times with minimal expectation. At times, I even come to You because I am forced…or because I would feel guilty if I didn’t. Like those fish, let me come to you with bold expectations…to get heaping portions of Your mercy and grace. I know Father that You have all that I need. I pray in the name of Your greatest gift, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children said – AMEN!
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being 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!
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.