I enjoyed handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters who came to our door last evening. Some are quick to tell me why they have come. Others simply stand there and hold out their bag for me to put candy in.
I decided that I would have a little fun by waiting until they asked me for candy. If they said nothing, I would stand there as if I had no idea about the purpose of their visit. I might even ask how I could help them. Sometimes they would receive a little coaching from an accompanying adult or older sibling. Others would figure it out for themselves that I was waiting for them to say the magic words—“Trick or treat!”
Jesus teaches that God knows what we need before we ask him (Matthew 6:32), yet we are still exhorted, “Ask and it will be given to you…” (Matthew 7:7). We are told to pray, “Give us today our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11).
Even though God knows our wants and needs, he still wants us to express them to him. He wants to hear the voice of his children. He desires for us to humble ourselves and admit our need for our heavenly Father.
Let’s not disappoint him.