A few months ago, my wife and I transitioned from our old Handspring Visors (read 8MB) to our new iPod Touches (read 8GB). The jump has been remarkable. Not only can we keep appointments and phone numbers and track what we need to track, but now we can listen to music and watch videos and keep pictures on our little devices. We can even read books on them.
The jump has not gone unnoticed by my children, who love the games on these little devices. We have monitored their usage closely. My youngest son, especially, loves to play. He asks us again and again, many times throughout the day, “Can I play iPod Touch? Can I play iPod Touch? Can I play iPod Touch?” Although the answer frequently comes as, “No,” he still asks.
Oh, how I need to learn to ask my heavenly Father in the same way. Jesus said, “Pray, then in the way: Our Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 6:9). We pray to our Father. As a child, we ought to come to God like our children come to us. This was the point of Jesus a few paragraphs later: “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 what is good to those who ask Him!” (Matt. 7:11).
Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). Though we receive, “No” for an answer, we still ought to ask. Perhaps, in time, our heavenly Father will answer with a “Yes” and let us play.