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Good Morning September 16

God sometimes gives us what we want, but it doesn’t always turn out for our good. This was the case with King Hezekiah. (Isaiah 38) God told him to set his house in order, he was about to die. He wept and begged the Lord for more time, and was given fifteen more years. Yet, it was in those fifteen years that he made some terrible and costly mistakes. God is a gracious Father inviting us to come to Him with all of our needs and requests. He knows our situations of life, the desires of our hearts, and our deepest needs. He encourages us to pray without ceasing. But that prayer is with a humble heart, seeking His perfect will. It is also desiring that all answers to prayer declare His glory. He is our Father and wants the best for us. It is a humble, trusting, child-like heart that finds His very best.

Good Morning June 24

There is an account in II Kings 4 about a poor widow who was about to loose her two sons to creditors because of her debts. All she had left in the house was a little cooking oil. The Prophet Elisha told her to collect jars from all her neighbors, and “don’t ask for just a few.”(vs.3) She did as instructed, began to pour her little oil into the jars, and the oil kept flowing until all the jars were filled. She was able to sell the oil and pay her debts. There is a lesson here about what we ask for from our Lord. Are we too timid in our faith to ask for and expect great things of the Lord? Paul thought otherwise. He concluded the third chapter of Ephesians saying, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”(vss.20&21) The motive behind every request, beyond the immediate need, is that God be glorified in the answer. We can ask big things of the our Lord, and trust Him to respond.

Good Morning October 7

Jesus was about to heal a boy who was demon possessed. He said to the boy’s father, “All things are possible to him who believes.” To which the father responded, “I do believe, help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:23-24) The boy needed healing, but so did the father, and so do we. We believe in prayer. We pray for one another, and we share many prayer requests. But we always face that lingering doubt and fear. When we pray do we expect to see results, or are we never quite sure? Lord, help my unbelief. In Luke 18 Jesus teaches us to be persistent in prayer. It is not that God needs to hear our prayer over and over, but He is also using our prayers to work on our own hearts, to open us more to Himself. Yes, we have doubts, but “all things are possible to him who believes,” and Jesus even helps us to believe.