“My sister gets everything she wants.”

“He started it.”

“You never get on to them.”

“This isn’t fair.”

These are the wonderful statements parents love to hear from their children. Parents also hear, “Can I have this?” “Will you buy me that?” “Will you take me to this event?” And the truth is, despite much of the grumbling and complaining of kids and teenagers, parents want to give great gifts to their children. Parents not only want to give good gifts, but great experiences as well. When you experience something, it gives you a higher perspective of life outside of your small bubble. It gives you a greater understanding of the world around you.

Read Matthew 14:22–33.

After Jesus had fed the 5,000, he went and spent time alone praying as the disciples got in the boat and crossed over the sea. During the middle of the night, Jesus walks on water and is approaching the boat. As he approaches, Peter says, “If that is you, command me to come to you on the water.” Peter got out of the boat and walked on water. That is an experience!

When we cry out to God, we do so in need of forgiveness, healing, and overcoming our fears. Crying out to God is not reserved just for these things. What if God, who is a perfect heavenly Father, desires to bless you with great gifts and experiences. This does not mean that everything you ask will be given to you; but, understand that God desires to bless you as his child.

What are you afraid to ask from God? What do you think is too big or too small for him to do? Peter asked to walk on the water! That is a big audacious request, and Jesus granted it! The thing that is on your heart, the thing you desire God to do, that is your prayer for today. If Peter had never asked, he never would have experienced this miracle. Our God is a miracle worker.

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.
— Luke 11:13

Cry out to God.

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