Ahem—did you consult me?
Pastor Mark Jeske
The most fundamental principle of prayer is the one we forget the quickest—that God is holding gifts and blessings in his heavenly arms, ready to drop them on our lives, and he’s just waiting to be asked. Some argue, “If he knows everything, then he knows what you need and should just give it right away.” The reality is that God likes the experience to be interactive. He wants us to feel part of the solution. And so he waits: “You do not have because you do not ask God” (James 4:2).
You don’t have to try to justify yourself. Jesus Christ’s perfect life and innocent death have already justified you. You don’t have to argue with God—he knows everything about your life. You don’t have to be afraid—he’s not a distant, aloof, mysterious power. He is your Daddy. You don’t have to feel embarrassed at your stuttered, mumbled prayers. The Spirit edits everything you say into the proper form. You don’t have to beg. As God’s child you have the privilege of stepping directly into his royal throne room.
What things do you lack in your life? Bring them to him. Has it been a while since your last serious prayers? Don’t stay away—he loves to hear from you no matter what. What is hurting your heart or your body right now? Talk to him. Who among your friends needs his help? Bring their needs to him. What does your church need? Just ask.
He’s waiting . . .
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