Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ask for what you need...

Jesus seemed to pray all the time.
Because for him, it was communion, conversation with God.
No formula. Nothing memorized. No particular position. Didn't have to gasp and shout. Or fold his hands. Or bow his head. Or raise his hands. Maybe he did any or all of these at different times, but there was no prescription of how it had to be done.
The people around him noticed. They said - we want to be able to do what you do. Go into God's presence. Talk to him. Hear from him...
Here is the conversation that ensued:

1 One day he was praying in a certain place.
When he finished, one of his disciples said, "Master, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples."
2 -4So he said, "When you pray, say,
Father, Reveal who you are.
Set the world right.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil."

5 -6Then he said, "Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don't have a thing on hand.'
7"The friend answers from his bed, 'Don't bother me. The door's locked; my children are all down for the night; I can't get up to give you anything.'
8"But let me tell you, even if he won't get up because he's a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he'll finally get up and get you whatever you need.

9"Here's what I'm saying:
Ask and you'll get;
Seek and you'll find;
Knock and the door will open.

10 -13"Don't bargain with God.
Be direct. Ask for what you need.
This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in.
If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate?
If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider?
As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing—you're at least decent to your own children.
And don't you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?"

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