“and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.”

1 John 3:22

Initial reading: this is a tricky little one.  God is not the spiritual Santa Claus whereby I make a list of goodies and He delivers yearly.  Nor does my obedience to commands merit me the receipt of goodies.  What to make of this?  Perhaps when we are centered and grounded in God’s love, His answers leave us content.