December 7, 2017
Read Luke 11:1-13
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Scripture- Luke 11:9-10- “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."
Observations- Jesus' disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. He offered up a model (not the model!) way to connect with the Father, and He told a parable about a pestering a friend in the middle of the night for help. Of course, God never sees the followers of Jesus as "pestering" Him, for He longs to hear from us, but we are urged to stay persistent in prayer.
Application- We keep at the joyful discipline of praying not to get what we want in the way we want it and according to our timing, but to remain connected to God in a living relationship. This is what we ultimately need to seek and find, ask for and receive, knock and have opened to us.
Prayer- Lord, don't ever let me settle for less than persistence in prayer, not to demand my way, but to connect more deeply with You and Your way to love and serve others. When I ask, give me a posture of openness to receive. When I seek, give me eyes to see what You want me to find. When I knock, help me trust that You are on the other side ready to respond. Amen.
P. S. - We are still collecting toys for the Gift of Hope for children ages 3-5. Please bring them with you this Sunday, December 10. It will be the last day to receive the gifts. Thanks for all you've done and will do!