Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Ask for More of Him

Once Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he stopped praying, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his disciples.”
Jesus told them, “When you pray, say this:

    let your name be kept holy.
    Let your kingdom come.
    Give us our bread day by day.
    Forgive us as we forgive everyone else.
    Don’t allow us to be tempted.”

Jesus said to his disciples, “Suppose one of you has a friend. Suppose you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread. A friend of mine on a trip has dropped in on me, and I don’t have anything to serve him.’ Your friend might answer you from inside his house, ‘Don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children are in bed. I can’t get up to give you anything.’ I can guarantee that although he doesn’t want to get up to give you anything, he will get up and give you whatever you need because he is your friend and because you were so bold.

“So I tell you to ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find, and for the person who knocks, the door will be opened.

“If your child asks you, his father, for a fish, would you give him a snake instead? Or if your child asks you for an egg, would you give him a scorpion? Even though you’re evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” Luke 11:1-13 (GOD’S WORD Translation - GW)

Mommy, can I have some more milk? Can I have a piece of cake? Daddy, can I go out with my friends? Can I have some money? Can I have a car? Can I_______you fill in the blank. 
From the mouths of children to the ears of parents, I’m sure many moms and dads have heard similar questions. Such inquiries might have been expected while other questions unpredictably emerged. Whatever the query, it’s not surprising when children ask things of their parents. What might be startling are the answers.
Most parents desire to give good gifts to their children. There is a love so deep for one’s own children that most parents would die for them. Wisdom comes with age and a parent’s knowledge enables them to make wise decisions for their children (until they are old enough to make their own decisions which forces most parents into a humble prayerful position).
Our heavenly Father desires to give us (His children) good gifts. He loves us so much that He sent us Jesus who DID die for us. He is our Creator, Redeemer, Mighty Lord, and Savior; He KNOWS what is best for us. And He (Jesus) continuously prays for us at the throne of our Heavenly Father. (The fact that Jesus prays for us is so awesome. Read the references below from the God’s Word Translation found at this website...... 
  1. Isaiah 53:12 So I will give him a share among the mighty, and he will divide the prize with the strong, because he poured out his life in death and he was counted with sinners. He carried the sins of many. He intercedes for those who are rebellious.
    Isaiah 53:11-12 (in Context) Isaiah 53 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  2. Romans 8:26 At the same time the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we don’t know how to pray for what we need. But the Spirit intercedes along with our groans that cannot be expressed in words.
    Romans 8:25-27 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  3. Romans 8:27 The one who searches our hearts knows what the Spirit has in mind. The Spirit intercedes for God’s people the way God wants him to.
    Romans 8:26-28 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  4. Romans 8:34 Who will condemn them? Christ has died, and more importantly, he was brought back to life. Christ has the highest position in heaven. Christ also intercedes for us.
    Romans 8:33-35 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  5. Hebrews 7:25 That is why he is always able to save those who come to God through him. He can do this because he always lives and intercedes for them.
Parents usually know what’s best for their children and they desire their children’s trust. Doesn’t it work the same way with Abba Father (Daddy God)? After Jesus’ resurrection, He sent the Holy Spirit to believers to support daily living. He offers strength, peace, comfort, and whatever else we need to live a godly life. He yearns for us to trust Him with the right answers to our questions. Do we? Are we convinced He knows how to give us good gifts? 

Try asking your heavenly Father for more of the Holy Spirit and accept with open arms the gifts He gives. As you pray for the welfare of your own children, know Jesus always intercedes before the Father for you and them as well. Whatever it is you need and ask for, have faith in Father God for the best answer possible. Trust Him with your life while asking for more of Him.

Today in the United States we celebrate Father’s Day. Be thankful for the earthly father who helped give you life. Give thanks to the Heavenly Father who created you, died to save you from your sins, and now lives to enhance your daily life. Ask Jesus to indwell you with His Holy Spirit, and then ask for more of Him. As He blesses you, serve Him with gladness. 

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