All praise to God
Today’s devotion is based on Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Interestingly Jesus does not tell the disciples or us what to ask. He simply says ask in my name. Don’t just add it to your prayer as if it is a magic formula. But add it to your prayer, knowing who Jesus is and what he has done for each one of us. Broken down barriers (between God and us, between us and others); provided healing (physical, mental and spiritual); changed society totally; invited us to live humbly and practice justice; to have the fullest possible joy.
When we pray, it is not actually about us; it is about being open to God’s working in our lives, living in his forgiveness and grace and blessing, so we can forgive and be gracious and bless.
When we focus on God and what he wants to do for us, when we pray in Jesus’ name, it is exciting and full of promise, hope, and joy. It’s not about getting what we want. It is about opening up to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we look forward to the fullest possible joy overflowing into all areas of our life.
Please pray with me; Lord Jesus, thank you for your gracious love. Thank you for the joy and peace that surpasses understanding. Help our focus to remain on you. In your precious name, we pray. Amen.