by James Merritt

Never Give Up on God
James Merritt
Matthew 7:7-12


1. A little five-year-old girl was watching her mother in fascination as she was rubbing cold cream on her face. She said, ''Mother, why do you do that?''

The mother replied, ''To make myself beautiful.''

Well, to the little girl's amazement, in just a minute the mother began removing the cream with a tissue she had just put on. The girl said, ''What's the matter, giving up already?''

2. I sometimes believe that God looks at our puny prayer lives and asks the question: ''Are you giving up already?'' Believe it or not, there are people both inside the church and outside the church who have given up on God. Some people quit going to church because they give up on God. Some people quit praying, they quit witnessing, they quit financially supporting the church, because they give up on God.

3. Jesus makes a promise about prayer in the passage we are going to study, which is one of the greatest promises in all of the Bible. But it is a promise that is based on never giving up on God.

4. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had the same faith in God that little children have? These are some letters, actual letters that children wrote to God. You will find them both humorous, but also interesting:

From Alison - Dear God, I read the Bible. What does ''begat'' mean? Nobody will tell me.
From Jane - Dear God, Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't you just keep the ones you have now?
From Norma - Dear God, Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that, or was it an accident?
From Joyce - Dear God, Thank you for my baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.
From Bruce - Dear God, Please send me a pony. I have never asked for anything before. You can look it up.
From Nan - Dear God, I bet it is very hard for you to love all the people in the world. There are only four people in our family and I can't do it.
From Mickey - Dear God, If you watch me in c ...

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