In My Utmost for His Highest, Chambers’ lesson is about how we have to be “good sons” before the Father answers our prayers. It’s important to note that Chambers is not talking about having the performance but the attitude of a “good child”.
What is the attitude of a good child? We have seen spoiled brats relating to earthly parents. My work requires that I travel weekly. Flyers are often weary of “screamers”. They are children who demands having their ways by screaming at their parents at the top of their little lungs. We would hear them at the gate waiting for boarding and hope that we don’t end up sitting near them. Their parents would comply with whatever their demands with the hope of keeping them quiet and in fact reward their screaming, which results in more screaming when the children want something else.
Believers may not scream at God but they often treat God as a celestial vending machine. I remember watching a televangelist treating the Bible as a shopping catalogue and preached for the viewers to “order it up”, using verses such as Matthew 7:9 (What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?) as proof text.
A good child trusts and submits to the parent. In this context, we learn of our parents’ heart and mind through our loving relationship. When we miss the mark and ask for a stone, I don’t think our Parent in heaven would give us what we ask. God always answers prayers. The answer may be “no” or a fish instead of the stone that we ask for. I don’t think God responds to “screamers” unless it’s a legitimate urgent cry for rescue.
That’s what Chambers means by “the attitude of a good child.”