If God Gives Us Everything We Ask For, Then How Come We Don't Have Everything?
God doesn't give us everything we ask for. He gives us everything we need, when we need it. Sometimes we want things that could hurt us, such as when a baby wants to play in the fire. God knows what can hurt us, so he doesn't give us those things because he loves us. God wants to give us what is good for us.
When you do ask you don't get it because your whole aim is wrong. You want only what will make you happy. (James 4:3)
Matthew 7:7-11; 21:22; Luke 11:9
Note to Parents
If your child is older, you may want to explain that there are three types of prayers: (1) those who don't ask, (2) those who ask with the wrong motives, and (3) those who consider what God wants and pray accordingly. This question may be a chance to find a need that your child has and pray with him or her about it.
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