Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Prayer requests

There is something special about the simplicity and faith of a child's prayer . . . no wonder Jesus said

                     Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
                     for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14)

And that special kind of faith is what we need, too. The simplest way to put it, is that we are having a conversation with God. That, in and of itself, is awe-inspiring! He is our Friend, our all-powerful Help, our caring Father, our compassionate Savior.

Would we ask one of our earthly friends to do something for us, with an attitude of fear, or of pridefulness? Would we demand that they take care of something for us?

King Josiah was a man who tried very hard to obey God and give Him glory. He was made king at age 8, and by the time he was 16, he was knocking down idols and destroying places of pagan worship. He set to rebuilding the temple, and then a book was found that changed everything. It was the book of the Law. Having heard it read, he tore his clothes and mourned, because he realized anew the horrible crimes against God that the people had committed before he began to cleanse the land. 

God responded to his humble heart:
Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God when you heard what he spoke against this place and its people, and because you humbled yourself before me and tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the Lord. Now I will gather you to your ancestors,and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place and on those who live here. (II Chronicles 34:27-28)
Let us come to Him with thanksgiving, with humility, and with simple, childlike faith.

Let's pray.


Katie Isabella said...

I remember this well in my Bible reading. Very well. Simple faith without "demands" and working it all out (in your favor of course) is the way to peace and satisfaction when God's will is shown to you. Of course your ears MUST be open to hear Him.

Cathy said...

Our son Noel, is once again at the end of his seasonal job as production manager at a summer theatre, and is once more looking for work for the winter. He has a job interview tomorrow morning, and I'm hoping he'll get it. He loves his job at the theatre, and is very good at it. There is talk of the theatre expending its work force next year, at which time he'll have year round work there.

Belinda said...

Cathy, did he get the job?