Just Asking

This one is from Saturday

A bit late but Saturday turned into quite a day

John 16:23B-28

Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father for you; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world; now, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.”

Good Morning Gentle Readers

As I sit here getting ready for work, it’s my half day Saturday, I am forced to think about all of the times I have went to the Lord with really bad requests, asking for things that I did not need or things that in the end might have done me harm.

God is not an ATM, you know, insert prayer and get a response, that’s not how it works. But God does listen, and every time God does respond, sometimes in ways that we just don’t get.

This passage touches me in two almost opposing ways. On the one hand, it reminds me of my “greedy” side. When I pray, it’s often to ask the Lord for something, some favour if you will. And oftentimes, I feel the Lord has listened. My prayers were answered just as I hoped, prayed, and in the way I imagined. Then, on the other hand, the truer side, are times when the Lord did not answer my prayer, or so I thought. I often lamented and didn’t understand how the Lord could’ve “failed” me. Didn’t God know what I needed? Didn’t I pray hard enough, long enough, loud enough? Its these time that I have to stop and think, if my two year old asked for a sharp knife would I give it to him? We don’t know the whole story and God does, its sort of better to leave it in his hands.

There have been times when God has answered my prayers and I have not seen the answer. I missed that yes, God came through, just not the way I thought he would, or better than I could have ever imagined.

That reminds me of the old joke, If you want to hear God laugh, make a plan….

“Amen, amen, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. “

Jesus tells us ask and you will receive, and yes, this is true, he also says that we have to work for the Kingdom of God, build it here so there are two parts to this. God gives us the tools, we just need to do the work sometimes. The “In my Father’s name.” also tells us what to ask for, is it God’s kingdom we are building, or our own.

As you go about your day today and ask God for help, ask yourself who’s kingdom you are building

Take Care and God Bless

Good Enough

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