Scripture Reading — Psalm 145:17-21
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. — Psalm 145:18
Numerous years prior at a college in Beijing, I got some information about 100 Chinese understudies to lift their hand in the event that they ever supplicated. Around 70% of them lifted their hands.
Extensively characterizing supplication, numerous individuals around the planet say that they ask. Be that as it may, we need to ask, “To whom or what do they implore?”
At the point when Christians ask, they are not simply jump starting wishes out to an indifferent universe. Christian supplication addresses the heavenly Creator of the universe, the one genuine God who is the Lord of paradise and earth.
Also, how would we know this God? Despite the fact that God has uncovered himself in his creation, we can know God actually just through his composed Word and through supplication. Therefore, petition and Bible perusing can’t be isolated. We can’t know God as our Father in paradise, or how to live for him and serve him in his reality, except if we are drenched in his Word, tuning in and pondering and speaking with him about reality we find there.
So we would be insightful to acknowledge an old Sunday school melody that reminds us, “Read your Bible; ask each day.” obviously this isn’t some enchanted equation; it’s simply solid guidance for knowing to whom we implore, how God needs us to ask, and what we ought to appeal to God for. Asking without God’s Word in our souls puts us in danger of just “sending wishes.”
Lord, help us to open our Bibles to see who you are so that we can pray to you in spirit and in truth. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Asking for the Holy Spirit
Scripture Reading — Luke 11:9-13
“On the off chance that you, at that point . . . realize how to give great blessings to your youngsters, the amount more will your Father in paradise give the Holy Spirit to the individuals who ask him!” — Luke 11:13
I love giving great endowments to my youngsters. On the off chance that they continually annoyed me for things, however, I would most likely tire rapidly of their requests. Consistent requests rapidly feel like irrational ones.
So for what reason does God need us to continue to ask him for things? Is it since he needs to be in charge? No. God is now in charge, and he doesn’t rely upon us to cause him to feel required.
Regardless of what we do or how we do it, we can’t persuade, coax, or cajole God into reacting to our supplications. In any case, fortunately we don’t have to do that.
God needs to answer us since he cherishes us and needs to be in relationship with us. At the point when we supplicate, we recognize what god’s identity is and that we rely upon him. Furthermore, God supplies us with all that we require, all that he has guaranteed.
So what would it be advisable for us to petition God for? We ought to appeal to God for all we require and, most importantly, we ought to request the presence of the Holy Spirit. Having the Spirit of God abide in our souls is the best blessing that God provides for his youngsters.
At the point when you ask today, don’t cower and ask before God. Approach him with thanksgiving and request what you need, or more all ask him for the presence, strength, and direction of the Holy Spirit.
Lord, we praise and thank you for always providing and caring for us. Hear our prayer, and send us your Spirit to guide and strengthen us today. Amen.