If you ask God for something and neglect to cultivate a relationship with Him, isn’t just like asking someone you don’t know for a kiss? Not a quick peck a real kiss with lips and tongue.
Truth is I wouldn’t give a random stranger a kiss. I wouldn’t even give my boyfriend a kiss. Oh, that sour taste of guilty. I’ve got to do better at cultivating completely committed relationship with God.
But wait. There’s that verse. Something about God sending rain and sunshine on the good and the evil (Matthew 5.45). Wait, wait! We are in a relationship with God! Aren’t we all his children? Made in His image?
Well, imagine a parent with a rebellious teenager. He always asks for stuff; but he is always disrespectful and inconsiderate. It didn’t matter that his mother had just cooked his lunch, washed his clothes even mortgaged the house so he could go to that fancy university he still wants the newest iPhone, the hottest gadget, the newest car and maybe even that trip to Europe. Would that mother want to meet that child’s every want and plea?
Now, imagine the perfect mother who somehow rises beyond her child’s insolence and loves unconditionally. Patiently guiding him to the right path. Joyfully serving him. Trying the best to make him happy. Trying her best to make him see the joy in respecting others. That’s God.
However, there is something missing. That son probably doesn’t have a good relationship with his mother. He doesn’t cry on her shoulder when his girlfriend breaks up with him. He doesn’t ask her for counsel on what career path to take, even though she knows him best. He doesn’t bring her chocolates just because, and he doesn’t see her face light up with delight. He doesn’t get to listen to stories about the funny things he did as a baby and then laugh with her. In fact, he doesn’t really feel his mother’s love because he doesn’t appreciate it. He is missing out.
It’s one thing to ask God to give you an A on that final. It’s is another thing to go with him step by step through the semester. Asking him how you should study. Seeing him stick the material that you needed right in front of you just when you needed it. Cancelling that quiz that He knew you couldn’t have studied for even if you tried. Giving you the peace you need to relax so you could do well on that exam.
I’m the loser when I don’t take time to cultivate a relationship with God. If I see God as a stranger, I’ll ask him for favors like a stranger. If I see God like a father, I ask him for favors like a child because I know he loves me. There is a difference.