Tuesday 29 March, 2016

Luke‬ ‭11:5-13‬ ‬

5 And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 7 And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. 9 “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

If I am looking for a prayer formula then I am disappointed. There is NO formula. There are no rules, no procedures, no rituals that can get God to listen to me.  No! God wants me to come hat in hand, knocking on his door. What am I going to do when he answers!!!!!!????

I realise this is the whole point isn’t it. God is not like ‘the gods’, where I follow a formula, throw up some prayers and hope for the best.

God makes me come to his door… And that means meeting him, face to face. I can’t keep this relationship professional, I can’t keep it distant. I have to get up in his face, what if he asks me questions??

But the promise here from the Son of God, is that Father God loves to give good gifts, he loves to be involved in our lives in the very best ways. But he doesn’t do text messaging, Facebook or email… It’s come and knock on the door… Or nothing..

God! Thank you for being a face to face Father, desiring to be in our lives, looking to give us the very best.  Amen

Written by Andrew Mellor

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