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FOCUS ON FAMILY

FOCUS ON FAMILY

Written by Pam Rood

 

Read Luke 11:9-13. 

 

Jesus is speaking to his disciples teaching them how to pray.

 

“Ask and it will be given to you..”- Have you ever had someone beat around the bush and not actually ask you a direct question?  Or have you ever felt the need to build up enough brownie points to cash them in for a big request?  Don’t do that. We are to approach our heavenly Father boldly asking directly without reservation.  He wants to hear from his children.  He wants to hear from you just as you are.

 

“Seek and you will find..”- This means to look for, to try and obtain, or studying to find an answer. I walked out of the kitchen into our living room where I found our oldest son sitting on our couch. He appeared to be just staring out into nowhere, daydreaming at best. 

“What are you doing?” I asked. 

“Playing hide and go seek.” 

“Are you hiding or are you the seeker?” 

“I am the finder.” 

“Why aren’t you looking?” 

“I am!” he replied. “I’m listening for my brother.” 

Sometimes the most important part of seeking is not just looking but listening.  Sometimes that means actively listening to God. You can do this by spending time in his Word, seeking the counsel and wisdom of another Christ follower, and being an active part of a small group.

 

“Knock and it will be opened” – This is the intentional act of persistently making room for God to answer your prayer.  If you are praying, “Lord, please give me more time with my family,” but are filling up all of your time with other appointments, meetings, and electronics it’s like you are trying to will a doorbell to ring without pushing the button.

 

In verse 10 Jesus is recapping and stating promises: For everyone who asks will receive, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

 

Verses 11-13 talk about how even a regular person/father (an “evil man” being sinful in nature not God) would know to give his children good gifts.  Example: If it’s snowing outside and you have to give your kids foot gear you are not going to buy them flip flops. You would buy them a nice warm pair of snow boots. If we being sinners know what to give our kids and very much desire to do so, then think how much more a loving God would give His Children!  

 

When Asking, Seeking, and Knocking know that  Prayer isn’t  transactional: I ask therefore you must deliver.  Every time we ask it is a gift.  When we pray the answer could be” yes”, “no”, “wait” or “yes but not the way you have in mind.” 

 

You can grow in your prayer life by praying and taking action:

Ask God to bring unity amongst your family and the families of SCC.

Seek God’s leading in showing you different ways to love on your family including saying “no” to things in order to make time for your family.

Knock: Sometimes we just need to get off the couch and actually do uniting things with our family.  Put in the extra effort to pray together.

FOCUS ON FAMILY

FOCUS ON FAMILY

Written by Grace Dile

 

"Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."  Jeremiah 33:3

 

“Call to me…” — God starts out by openly telling Jeremiah to call to Him.  In other words, God wants him to talk and pray to Him.  As God spoke these words, Jeremiah sat in prison feeling hopeless as the city was under attack. God wants to hear from you on a regular basis.  He wants you to call to Him no matter what season of life you may be in.  If that’s the case, why do we so easily run to the people in our lives for guidance and advice but when it comes to praying to our Almighty God, we often times avoid talking to Him?  When you “call to God” you’re saying, "I trust You and I know that it is not me who is in control, but You." 

It’s not always easy for us to humble ourselves like that and to allow God into the depths of our innermost thoughts.  Even though He is already well aware of our feelings within, He wants us to tell Him about it as if He’s hearing it for the very first time.  Why would he do that?  Because He wants a relationship with you and with me. 

The God of the universe specifically wants each of us to talk to Him.  Isn’t that a beautiful thing?

“…and I will answer you…” — As patient as God is waiting on us to call upon Him, we too should wait on Him, trusting and believing that He will answer us.  

His timing is far beyond what we can understand.  Waiting on your answer could take a couple hours or it could be revealed to you years later in your life.  Notice that God tells us He will answer us — not that He will give us the answer we want.  Sometimes what we think we want for our lives isn’t God’s will.  We only see what is right in front of us whereas God sees our lives from beginning to end.  Regardless of whether or not the answer to your prayers is a “yes," “no," or a “not right now," He will give you an answer when you ask Him.

“…and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” — Those great and unsearchable things we do not know go far deeper than the basic earthly facts of our lives like where we will live, what our jobs will be, or if we’ll get married.  Through prayer God will show you the greatness of His love for you, His unending faithfulness, His unwavering mercy and grace, the truth of His ways, and how dear you are to Him.  Through prayer and a relationship, God refines us into His disciples!

 

As a church family and within our own families how can we apply this verse to our prayer lives?  It starts when you call to God and begin praying for your family.  We are called to pray for those around us and why not start with your own household?  Get your family together and unite as one.  Pray for your kids, your parents, and your siblings with those same kids, parents, and siblings.  The Bible says that for where two or more are gathered, there God is also (Matthew 18:20).  God joins us when we gather together.  What better way to strengthen your prayer life than to gather with your loved ones and talk to the One who loves you the most!

I encourage you to start this prayer with me and finish it in your own heart to Him:

Dear Lord, I come before You now and ask that You show my family how to call upon You and……