Desires To See Many Good Days

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Psalm 34:12-14 – Desires To See Many Good Days – Growing As Disciples

Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:12-14 (NIV) 

Turn Around 

Turn around. What do you mean by saying, “Turn around?” Stop what you are doing. Make a course correction. Why is that? Do you want to love life and see many good days? Yes, of course, I want to love life and see many good days. What might prevent me from loving life and seeing many good days? You tell me. What have you not enjoyed in life? What has filled you with stress? What has given you anxiety? Being in conflict with others has robbed me of joy in life. Arguments have made my days less than good. What has drawn you into conflict? Often times my tongue has drawn me into conflict. Often times, I have said what did not need to be said. I have spoken up, when the better course would have been to remain silent. I don’t need to right every wrong. I don’t need to set every situation straight. Quite often, I have been mistaken. Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, in the midst of a battle, I have spoken less than the whole truth. That’s a clever way to say that. Do you mean to say that sometimes you have lied? Yes, I guess so. You guess so? No, I know so. That’s good. What’s good about that? You are willing to admit that you have made mistakes. You are acknowledging your sin. You are confessing your wrongs. Yes, I am. That’s a good step towards loving life and seeing good days.

So, your tongue has kept you from loving life and seeing good days, what else? Well, not only have I not spoken well, I have not done well. What do you mean by that? I have known the right thing to do and I have done the opposite. What does that sound like the definition of? I’m not sure what you mean. What would you call knowing the good you were to do and doing the opposite? I suppose I would call that sin. Yes, exactly. How have you felt when you have sinned with your actions? Just as bad as I have felt when I sinned with my words. What are you going to do about that? When I’m about to do what I know to be wrong I’m going to stop and turn around and head in the opposite direction. That will be very good. 

What will you pursue with both your words and your deeds? What will allow you to love life and see many good days? I will pursue peace with both my words and deeds. That will be very good. Then you will live the good and long life, I have called you to live.

Lord, I want to live a long life and see many good days. I don’t want my life to be filled with anxiety, stress and conflict. I that that these will shorten my life and ruin my days. Help me to speak words and take actions that will make for peace with others. Amen

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The Law Of His God Is In His Heart

 

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Word Centered Life – Day 24 – Psalm 37-30-31 – The Law Of His God Is In His Heart – Growing As Disciples

The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.  The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip. Psalm 37:30-31 (NIV)

Acting Wisely And Justly

Do you want to be able to live wisely? Do you want to be able to speak justly? Do you want your life to have a firm foundation? Do you want to walk securely through life? Yes, of course, I want all these things to be true of my life. I am tired of taking missteps. I am weary of thinking and speaking and acting unwisely or unjustly. What must I do to be able to think and speak and act wisely and justly? You know the answer to your own question. You have no need to have me answer that question for you. Nevertheless, I would still like to hear you affirm what I think is the answer to my question. First then, tell me what you know to be the truth. Tell me the answer you have in your heart and on your mind. If I want to live wisely and speak justly, I must have your word in my heart and mind and life. If I want my life to have a firm foundation, I must allow your word to dwell in me richly. If I want to be on solid ground, have secure footing and not slip or take missteps through life, I must allow your word to guard and guide my life. That is true, you have answered correctly.

How will you allow my word to dwell in you richly? I will meditate on your word day and night. Your word will always be with me. I will allow your word to change my heart and transform my mind. I will allow your word to guard and guide the entire course of my life. I know that your word will make me able to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. That is also true.

Will you ever regret the time and effort that you spend in allowing my word to dwell in you richly? No, not ever. My time and effort could never be better spent. Your word is molding and shaping my life. Your word is helping me to live the life you have called me to live. Your word is helping me to know and do your will. Your word is making me fruitful in your service. Your word is helping me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I will never regret the time I spend with you, taking your life deeply into my heart and mind and life. That is very good.

Lord, I will take your word deeply into my heart and mind and life. I will allow your word to be the firm foundation of my life. Use your word to make me able to think and speak and act wisely and act justly. Use your word to keep my feet from slipping. Amen

Key Question…  How are you daily taking God’s word into your heart and mind and life?

Living It Out…  Allow God’s word to make you able to think and speak and act wisely and justly.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that taking God’s word into your heart and mind will help you to walk securely through life.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God’s word has given you a firm foundation in life.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you take God’s word into your heart so you can think and speak and act wisely and justly.

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Trained By Constant Practice

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Word Centered Life – Day 25 – Hebrews 5-11-14 – Trained By Constant Practice – Growing As Disciples

About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.  For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14 (ESV)

Constant Practice

What do those words mean to you? I’m not exactly sure what you mean. How will you put my word into constant practice in your life? How will you allow me to teach and train you with my word? How will you allow me to guard and guide you with my word? How will continually allow me to use my word to change the way that you think and speak and act? Do my thoughts and words and actions need changing? What do you think? I think I have asked a dumb question. Why is that? Without your word continually doing its work in my life, I am certain to become dull of hearing. Why is that? Worldly cares and concerns are certain to dull my hearing and divert my focus away from you. Meeting with you daily in your word will help me to remain vitally connected to you. I know that you will use your word to teach and train me. I know that you will use your word to guard and guide me. I know that your word is the tool that you will use to help me think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. I am certain that your word will help me to live a vibrant life of faith that you desire for me. You are correct. But it is never a dumb question to ask yourself if your thoughts or words or actions needing changing. Failing to ask that question would be dumb. Failing to allow me to use my word to mold and shape your life would be a tragic mistake. Of that, I am certain. That is very good.

So, what will constant practice of my word look like in your daily life? There is one appointment I will have on my daily schedule that will be my number one priority, with no close second. I will meet with you daily in your word. I will allow you to use your word to do your work in my life. I will listen attentively to you. My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. Here I am right now, in your word, listening to you. There is no place I would rather be. There is nothing I would rather do. Nothing is more important. Nothing is of greater value. Speak to me Lord. I am listening. Mold and shape me Lord. Help me to life the life you have called me to live. That I will do, of that, you can be certain. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will meet daily with you in your word. I will listen attentively to all that you have to say to me. Teach and train by your word. Guard and guide me with your word. Help me to grow mature in you. Help me to fully live the life you have called me to live. Amen

Key Question…  Why is it vitally important that you never stop allowing God’s word to do its work in you?

Living It Out…  Meet daily with God in His word so you can remain vitally connected to Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will use His word to teach and train you so you will grow strong in your faith.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has been using His word to do His work in you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you allow God’s word to train the way you think and speak and act.

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Meditates Day And Night

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Mind – Psalm 1:1-3 – Meditates Day And Night – Growing As Disciples

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV) 

A Blessed Life

Do you want to live a life that is blessed by me? Yes, I want to live a life that is blessed by you. What must I do if I want to live a life that is blessed by you? You tell me. How can I tell you? Your answer is right here in my word.

If I want to live a life that is blessed by you I won’t walk in the counsel of the wicked. What does that mean to you? I won’t pay attention to advice from wicked people. I won’t listen to their counsel. I won’t accept their thoughts, opinions and values. I won’t allow my mind to be conformed to their way of thinking. I won’t walk in the way that they walk. I won’t follow them on their path in life. I won’t walk to where they are going. Their purposes, plans and schemes will mean nothing to me. Instead, I will walk with you. That’s good. What else?

If I want to live a life that is blessed by you I won’t stand in the way of sinners. What does that mean to you? I won’t hang around with sinners. I won’t live in the way that they live. I won’t adopt their ways as my own. I will not do what sinners do. I will not live a life that is disobedient to you. I won’t rely on myself. I won’t allow myself to be self-reliant and self-sufficient. I won’t elevate myself to be my own god. I will live humbly before you. Instead, I will stand with you. That’s good. What else?

If I want to live a life that is blessed by you I won’t sit in the seat of mockers? What does that mean to you? I will not mock what is holy.  I will honor what you honor. I will value what you value. I will want what you want. I will bow down to worship you. I will acknowledge you in all that I think, say and do. In every way I will live to please you. My seat will be far away from those who mock you. Instead, I will take my seat with you. That’s good. What else?

If I want to live a life that is blessed by you it will not be enough to not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of mockers. No, it will not. I will also meditate on your word day and night. Your word will be my counselor. Your word will be guide. Your word will be my teacher. Your word will bless my life. Your word will make me able to live my life with and for you. Your word will cause me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That is what I want. That is what I will do. That will be very good.

Lord, show me the people, places, things and activities that you want me to separate myself from. Help me to meditate on your word day and night. Bless and refresh my life with your word. Use your word to cause my life to bear fruit for your kingdom and glory. Amen

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If Any Of You Lacks Wisdom

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Discipleship – James 1:2-8 – If Any Of You Lakes Wisdom – Growing As Disciples

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:2-8 (NIV)  

Ask Me

Do you lack wisdom? That is a very important question don’t you think? Yes, it is. If you think you have all the wisdom you need, then you won’t ask me for any, isn’t that correct? Yes, that would be true. Well, what do you think, do you have enough wisdom? I know what I have done. What have you done? I have foolishly and pridefully failed to ask you for wisdom when it was obvious that I desperately needed it. Why is that? I have been self-sufficient. I have been strong willed. I have been self-reliant. I have been independent. Most of all, as I have said, I have been proud and foolish. How has that worked out for you? Not well. I have made mistakes, taken many missteps, wasted time and valuable resources all because I failed to ask you for wisdom. That’s not good. No, it’s not.

What will happen to you when you fail to ask for my wisdom? If I continue to fail to ask for your wisdom, I will never know or be able to do your will. I will never be able to accomplish your purposes or fulfill your plans. I will never be able to bear fruit for your kingdom or bring glory to your name. I will never be able to live a life that is pleasing to you. Why is that? You want me to come to rely on you. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to hear your voice. You want me to follow your direction. Yes, I do.

It isn’t that hard. It isn’t that hard to do what? It isn’t that hard to come to ask me for wisdom. I am ready, willing and able to generously give you wisdom. I won’t turn you away. I won’t leave you empty handed. It will be my delight to generously give you all the wisdom you will need to be able to know and do my will. Will you humble yourself so that you will come and ask me for wisdom? Yes, I will. With a heart filled with faith will come and ask me for wisdom? Yes, I will. If you humble yourself and believe that I will hear and answer your prayer for wisdom what can you expect? I can expect that I will generously receive wisdom for you. That’s right. Ask me for wisdom right now. Yes, I will. That will be very good. 

Heavenly Father, I desperately need wisdom from you. There is no question about that. Forgive me, for pridefully and foolishly failing to ask you for wisdom. With a humble heart, filled with faith I am now asking you to generously give me all the wisdom I need. Amen

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In Our Time Of Need

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Sacramental Life – Day 347 – Hebrews 4-14-16 – In Our Time Of Need – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV)  

Time Of Need

I know you. I love you. I came into this world for you. I am on your side. I am in favor of you. Do not be self-reliant. Do not be self-sufficient. Do not think that you don’t want or need my help. That would be foolish. That would be prideful. That would be a tragic mistake. Don’t I know that well? How so? Haven’t I suffered greatly when I have relied solely on myself? You tell me. When I have relied on myself, I have made mistakes, taken missteps, and sinned against you and others. When I have been self-reliant and self-sufficient, I have not received the help that you are so willing to give me. When I have not received the help, you wanted to give me, I have become discouraged, depressed, and defeated. This is not the life that you want me to live. What kind of life do I want you to live? You want me to draw near to you. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to walk through life with you. You want me to confidently approach your throne of grace to receive the mercy and grace that you are so willing to give me in my time of need. Yes, I do.

How would you define your time of need? I’m not sure what you are asking of me. Is your time of need rare? Does your time of need come quite infrequently? When do you need my help? When will you ask me for what you want and need? Don’t answer me yet. I have more questions to ask you. I’m listening. When do you need my guidance? When do you need my instruction? When do you need my comfort and encouragement? When do you need my power and strength? When do you need my forgiveness and cleansing? I see where you are headed with all these questions. Where am I headed? You are showing me that I need your help all the time. There is not a day, or moment, or even a second that I don’t need your help. That is true. Will you confidently approach my throne of grace to ask me for what you need? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will not attempt to be self-reliant or self-sufficient. I have plenty of weaknesses that you know and understand. I will rely on you. I will ask for your help. Thank you that I can confidently approach you and receive mercy and grace when I need it most. Amen 

Key Question…  Why would it be a prideful and foolish mistake to be self-reliant and self-sufficient?

Living It Out…  Confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and grace in your time of need.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord understands your weakness and will come to your aid when you ask Him for help.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are approaching the throne of grace to ask for help.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you confidently ask the Lord for help in your time of need.

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If It Is The Lord’s Will We Will Live And Do This Or That

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – James 4:13-17 – If It Is The Lord’s Will We Will Live And Do This Or That – Growing As Disciples

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. James 4:13-17 (NIV)

 Ask The Question

You are a planner. You like to think and dream big. You like to think about all the possibilities of life. You see things and wonder how they could be changed and made better. You’re always wondering what you could do differently. It’s hard for you to sit still. You like to be on the move. You want your life to count for something. You want your life to have made a difference in this world. Yes Lord, you are describing me quite well. That shouldn’t be too hard for me because I made you. I enjoy seeing all these qualities at work in your life. You are who I have made you to be. But there is something more that you want to talk to me about, isn’t there? Yes, there is.

What do you want to say to me? There is a question that I always want you to have front and center in your heart and mind. It is a great question that I want you to ask me at the start, in the middle, and at the end of your thought process when you are planning to do something. If you don’t ask me this question, your plans will not succeed. Ask me, “is this your will?” You will need to know my answer before you proceed. You have a lot of energy and you can become very enthusiastic and excited about a plan or project you are working on. Your natural energy and excitement might carry you off in the wrong direction to attempt to do what is not my will for you. You may have the right plan or project but the wrong timing. I want you to really involve me in your thinking and planning. Don’t come up with your great plan and ask me to bless it at the very end. I want to bless the work of your hands by guiding you to do what I have always planned for you to do for me. I do have a purpose and plan for your life. Ask me what that plan and purpose is. Do you think that I will hide my purposes and plans from you? No, there is no chance of that. If you don’t know my purposes and plans, what do you think the problem might be? I think that I probably haven’t asked you and then waited for your answer. Yes, I want you to keep asking me to reveal my purposes and plans for you. What will you do as you continue to ask me? I will continue to serve you where I am and wait until I have an answer from you. Yes, asking and waiting is exactly what I want you to do. I will show you when, where, and how to act. Then you will bear an abundance of fruit for me.

Lord, I have raced off in a thousand different directions all based on my thoughts and plans. I have made so many mistakes. No more. Help me to rely on your for your wisdom. I want you to guide my life according to your will. Amen

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When Words Are Many

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Virtuous Life – Day 232 – Proverbs 10-19 – When Words Are Many – Growing As Disciples

When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. Proverbs 10:19 (NIV)

Stop Talking

Well, that would be sound advice for me. What would be sound advice for you? I need to stop talking so much. Why is that? When many words are spoken, I know that sin is not absent. No one needed to tell me that truth. I have frequently talked way too much and listened far too little. I am certain that I will more often regret what I said than what I didn’t say. I am also sure that I don’t need to say every word that comes into my head. Before I speak, I have no doubt that I need to prayerfully consider my words. Does that mean that you will prayerfully ask me to give you words to speak? Yes, it does. What will be required of you if you want to speak words that come from me? What will you need to do if you want me to guard and guide your words? I will need to learn to listen attentively to you. Can you hear me well if you are always the one speaking? Certainly not. To hear from you, I will often need to sit quietly before you. But that is just the beginning of my training. What else will you need? I will need to be able to listen to you and hear your voice even when I am in conversations with others. I will need to listen well to you and to others when I am in conversations if I hope to speak wise words that come from you. That is correct. Does that seem like a difficult skill to master? Listening well to you and others at the same time? Yes. That seems like a very difficult task to master. You are correct. It will take time and effort for you do develop the skill of listening attentively to my voice. It will take even more time and effort to be able to listen to me as you listen to others. Well, I will commit the time and make the effort to learn to listen attentively to you and others so I will be able to speak wise words that come from you. That will be very good.

I would like to ask you a question. Go ahead I am listening. Your desire to speak wise words that come from me is very admirable. What attitude will be most important if you want to hear from me? Or I could ask, what will hinder or help your hearing from me so you can speak wise words that come from me? Humility will help me to hear from you. Pride will hinder me from hearing from you. If I am humble, I will know that apart from you I have no wise words to offer. If I am prideful, I will think that I do not need your help to speak wise words to others. So, what will you do? I will keep on coming to you. I will keep on drawing near to you. I will keep on humbly relying on you to give me wise words to speak on your behalf. That will be very good.

Lord, I have spoken many words. With my many words, sin has not been absent. Help me to be wise. Help me to rely on you to guard and guide the words that come out of my mouth. Use my words to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Amen

Key Question…  Why do you not need to say every thought that comes into your mind?

Living It Out…  Allow the Lord to guard and guide the words that come out of your mouth.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will give you words that He wants you to speak.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has given you words to speak.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you be careful to limit the words that come out of your mouth.

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Immovable

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – 1 Corinthians 15:58 – Immovable – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)

Tried And Tested

I have given you work to do for me. I have called you into my service. The work that I will give to you will not be easy. The work that you will do for me will require your full attention and very best effort. You will be tried and tested by the work you will do for me. How so? You will think that I have asked you to do what you cannot do. Will I be wrong? That is a very good and wise question. You will not be wrong. Let me get this straight, you will ask me to do work I cannot do for you? That is right. Why is that? The work that I will give you to do for me will cause you to rely on me. Is that a test? You mentioned that I would be tried and tested. Yes, I did. Your first test will ask you to rely on me to go and do the work I will give you to do. That seems like two tests. How so? I will be tested to see if I will be willing to do your work and if I will rely on you to do it. That’s right. Are you speaking from experience? You know that I am. There have been many times that I have tried to go and do your work solely with my own strengths, talents and abilities without relying on you. How has that worked out for you? Relying solely on my strengths, talents and abilities to do your work has been an unfruitful endeavor that has left me depressed, depleted and defeated. Under those circumstances, I have given up and quit. So, to pass this first test I need to say yes to what you ask of me and rely on you to make me able to do the work you have given me to do for you. That’s right.

Will I face any more tests when I am doing your work? Yes, you will. Did I mention that my work would be hard? Yes, you did. My work will be hard enough that you will be tempted to quit. You will face uncertainty. You will experience set-backs. You will feel discouraged and defeated. You will wonder if your work will ever bear fruit for my kingdom. You will doubt that you are bringing glory to my name. You must keep on going. You must keep on doing my work. You will need to hold on to me as I hold on to you. I will sustain and strengthen you. You will bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Your labor for me will never be in vain. Will you pass this test? Will you keep on serving me? Yes Lord, with your help I will keep on following and serving you. Good answer.

Lord, thank you for giving me work to go and do for you. I know that the work you have given me to do will not be easy. I know your work will require my best effort. I will not grow weary. I will not quit. Sustain and strengthen me to keep on doing your work. Amen

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Your Joy May Be Complete

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – So That – John 16:24 – Your Joy May Be Complete – Growing As Disciples

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. John 16:24 (NRSV)

Ask Me

Up until now you haven’t asked me for much. Would it surprise you to learn that I want you to come and ask me for what you need? Would it surprise you to learn that I want you to come and ask me for what you also want? Don’t assume that you can only ask for what you really need. Don’t think that I won’t give you what you also want. Haven’t you given your child both what they needed and what they also wanted? Yes, I have given my children things that they both needed and also wanted. Have you delighted in giving your children both what they need and want? Was it more delightful to give your children what they needed over what they wanted? No, I have had joy in giving them both what they needed and wanted. Sometime, I had even more joy in giving them something that they only wanted but didn’t absolutely need. Are you better at giving good gifts than I am? Are you the only one who takes joy in giving a surprise gift of something that you wanted? No, I’m sure that you are a far better gift giver than I am. Yes, you have surprised me by giving good gifts that were far beyond what I could have asked for or even imagined. I am far less than a novice giver compared to you. Yes, that’s right.

How have you felt when you have received a gift from me? What have you thought when I have heard and answered your prayers? It has brought me great joy to know that you love and care for me. It has given me great peace to know that you know both what I need and what I want. Your good gifts have demonstrated to me both that you know me and that you love and care for me. Have a done enough? What do you mean? Have I given you enough? Yes, you have done enough, Yes, you have given me far more than enough. If you never gave me another thing I would still be richly blessed beyond measure. What do you mean by that? You have given me a new life. You have forgiven my sins and cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. You have made it so I can live with you now and forever in heaven. Yes, I have. Do you think I’m tired of giving good gifts to you? Is my goodness worn out? No, I don’t think you’re tired or worn out. I’m sure that still want to give good gifts to me. How sure are you? Will you keep coming to me to ask me for what you want and what you need? Yes Lord, I will keep coming to ask you for what I want and what I need. That’s good because I have great joy in giving good gifts to you. I like to see the joy and thankfulness in your heart and mind and life when you receive a good gift from me. Keep on asking me for what you need and what you want. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I have been reluctant to bring my needs to you in prayer. I have not wanted to bother you with my requests. What a silly thought that has been. I now know you delight to hear and answer my prayers. Fill me with joy as I meet with you in prayer. Amen

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