Determined, the little boy shoved, pushed, and pried, but every time he thought he had made some progress, the rock tipped and then fell back into the sandbox. The little boy grunted, struggled, pushed, and shoved but his only reward was to have the rock roll back, smashing his chubby fingers. Finally, he burst into tears of frustration. All this time the boy's father watched from his living room window as the drama unfolded.
At the moment the tears fell, a large shadow fell across the boy and the sandbox. It was the boy's father. Gently but firmly he said, "Son, why didn't you use all the strength that you had available?" Defeated, the boy sobbed back, "But I did, Daddy, I did! I used all the strength that I had!" "No, son," corrected the father kindly, "you didn't use all the strength you had. You didn't ask me." With that the father reached down, picked up the rock, and easily removed it from the sandbox.
Christian friends, I don't know about the origin of the above illustration. Perhaps it's a true story or perhaps not. Regardless, it certainly makes a good point. How often do we fail because we rely on our own strength to face the trials and temptations of life? Do we make use of all of the strength that is available to us? Why don't we ask the Father for help more often and more passionately? He wants to help us! "If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Rom. 8:31,32).
Why not use all the strength that is available to us through our Father in heaven? "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen" (Eph. 3:20,21).
Ask the Father for help--pray, pray, pray!
Jesus declared in Matthew 7:7-11:
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 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 good things to those who ask Him!"