Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Read Matthew 7:7-11
7“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11If you then, who are 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!
God answers the prayers of His children according to his perfect will, and we know it is his will for the body of Christ (the church) to be vital and healthy. Perhaps vitality wanes because we give up on prayer too soon?
A little girl watched as he mom put a deep cleansing charcoal facial mask (available from Mary Kay via Rita Stephenson) on her face. The little girl asked, “Mommy, “why are you smearing that stuff on your face?” Mom replied, “To make myself beautiful.” In a few moments the mother began to wash her face and the little girl asked, “Are you giving up already?”
Giving up on pretty may come in time (personally speaking), but let’s not give up on prayer. Asking, seeking, knocking are things children do routinely. While we may grow weary at times the trivial, the deep desires of our children matter to us. How much more do our desires meet the loving, receptive ear of our God and Savior. He may not give exactly what we ask, but surely he will give us what we need, even when its difficult to receive.
May we pray for each other and the collective CCG family that God would give us exactly what we need. We need physical sustenance such as money to pay the bills and hands to do the work and equally so we need spiritual sustenance. In fact, we need the later more than the former to thrive, but may for ask for both and trust him with the outcome.
Father, where I have been lax in my conversation with you, forgive me. I desire communion with you. I desire your wisdom to guide me and your sustaining Spirit to fill me. And Father, I ask you to give us all we need as your church to thrive and glorify your name. Amen.