How Do We Ask?

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”~~Mahatma Gandhi

Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is splendiferous, “splendid; magnificent; fine.” It’s going to be a splendiferous day!

Today is Fibonacci Day. Fibonacci (Leonardo of Pisa), is the guy who came up with the sequence of numbers where each number is the sum of the previous, two. 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,44, and so on.

Yesterday was another great day! We had a great worship service, yesterday morning. Our pastor, Jacob Seay, preached an incredible message on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. After church, we took my mother to Cheddar’s for lunch, then I drove her back to Mineral Wells, while Christi stayed home and started preparing our dishes for the church’s Thanksgiving feast, which was at 5:30 last night. The drive was very nice. We had some great times with Mama, and will be seeing her again this Thursday, for Thanksgiving. We plan to spend a couple of nights in Mineral Wells, and return on Saturday.

It’s Monday, again, but it’s a short week. Wednesday could be rough, though, as we will have to get everything finished before we can leave. But we four days off afterward. I’m trying not to thank about next Monday, though. UPS doesn’t take off Friday, so we’ll get a double whammy of freight for receiving next Monday.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God)

I read, yesterday, about the “practical mystery” of the fact that, even though God is sovereign, and in total control of all things, he seems to allow our prayers to have some effect on the world. In light of these truths, how should we pray; how should we ask of God?

The Westminster Shorter Catechism gives us some insight into this. In answer to question 98, “What is prayer?” the catechism says this: “Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgement of his mercies.”

We are certainly to ask God to grant our desires. We should not be timid about that (one of my bigger issues in prayer). We only need to look at the Psalms to see a myriad examples of this. But, our desires can be disordered, for a number of reasons, and could be “perfectly well-intentioned though mistaken.” We might think a particular prayer request would be for the best, but if God were to grant it, we might realize later that we were terribly wrong. This is why the catechism includes the part about being “agreeable to his will.” Unfortunately, we don’t always know what these things are. This is why, according to Keller, “We pray for those things as we can best envision them and with a new open-mindedness, a willingness for God to do something different.”

Father, enable me to pray in this way, knowing that my request could very well be flawed, and that you know a better way. Help me to be open-minded to a different outcome than that which I believe I desire. As I pray, may I always be able to honestly end with, “Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.”

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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