"The donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. Kish said to Saul, ‘Take a servant with you and go, look for the donkeys'…and when they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant, ‘Come let us return, lest my father stop worrying about the donkeys and become concerned about us.' The servant said to him, ‘Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, a man held in honor; all that he says surely comes true. Now let us go there. Perhaps he can show us where we should go."
I Samuel 9: 3, 5, 6, Amplified Bible
"Help Me Find My Donkeys"
"Prayer cannot be measured in terms of ‘usefulness.' It can only be understood as a complete surrender without wanting ‘to get something out of it.'"
Peter G. Van Breeman
Do I ever set limits on what I think it is appropriate to ask God for?
What does it mean to me, personally, to "surrender" my requests to the will of God?
"(God) lays upon us no other burden than that of putting our whole trust in Him."
"The more we depend on God, the more dependable we find He is."
Lost donkeys. This is why Saul's father asked him to leave home with one of the family servants and go on a search and rescue mission. After days of looking for the wayward animals, Saul decided the hunt was over. He had come to the conclusion his dad might be more worried about his son and servant than the lost donkeys. But in a rather interesting twist, the family servant informed Saul that a man of God was in the area and before they gave up, why not ask God's representative to assist them with heavenly wisdom.
As I read this passage, it got me to thinking about something that happens with a great deal of frequency here in Transformation Garden.
Nearly every day someone sends a prayer request with this note attached, "This is probably too insignificant a request to be asking God for, but I don't know where else to turn."
It appears this was the corner Saul and his servant were backed into. They'd searched everywhere. They'd asked everybody they knew. And finally, in desperation, they sought help from God. And I asked myself this question, "What makes us go to God last when we should go to Him first?"
Like a lot of people, I know that on a regular basis, I feel some of my prayer requests are so inconsequential it would be ridiculous for me to bother the King of the Universe with some non-essential need that has left me frustrated.
Whether it's lost donkeys or lost keys, we often think God is too big to be bothered with what's so small.
Not long ago I found a list of prayers from the New Testament. To be honest, I hadn't really thought of these short, simple requests as prayers. I'd passed over these words because they did seem of no great consequence. They were not identified as some mighty prayer to God. And yet, as I read, tears came to my eyes and encouragement filled my heart for the brevity and simplicity of these requests did not make them any less important.
Let me list a few of the requests God's children had:
1. "Lord, let me depart in peace." Luke 2: 29.
2. "Lord, help my unbelief." Mark 9: 24.
3. "Lord, save me." Matthew 14: 30.
4. "Lord, remember me." Luke 23: 42.
5. "Lord, give me water." John 4: 15.
And let's add a few more:
1. "Lord, help me find my donkeys."
2. "Lord, help me find my car keys."
3. "Lord, give me peace."
Simple, basic requests. Not too short to get my Father's attention. Not too inconsequential. For we are promised that anything that touches me, touches my Father, whether it's donkeys that have gotten out of their pen or a wallet that fell out of my purse.
And this brings us to an important lesson about asking for our Father's help - even for the smallest things.
Later in the story of Saul and his servant and the lost donkeys, we find God had another reason for this trip, the calling of Saul to be His servant leader - the king. After going to Samuel and finding out about God's bigger plans, Saul had forgotten about the lost animals. Samuel reminded him of the original need in his life by telling him the animals had already been found.
If you and I will, everyday, abandon to our Father, not only the big things that turn our world upside down, but all those pesky little things too, when we come to Him for His solutions, much to our surprise, we'll find He's already gotten everything under His control and those little problems we couldn't solve, have already been taken care of. The donkeys we left home to search for, have been found.
"Abandonment is not just hanging loose.
It is letting go.
It is severing of the strings
by which one manipulates
the forces of one's life.
Abandonment is receiving things
the way one receives a gift
with opened hands
and opened heart.
Abandonment to God
is the climactic point
in anyone's life."
Good Friday People
"Let me depend on
who never changes,
who knows what is
best for me so much
better than I;
And gives in a thousand
ways, at all times
all that the perfect
Father can for His
growth, things needful,
beneficent and happy."
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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