Daily Reading: This morning, we’re reading Luke 11. Start there, then read this devotion that will tie in with what you’ve read.
I’m going to to be very short and sweet today. I’m a bit under the weather this week.The good thing about being under the weather, is that it’s a stark reminder of my own weakness. Yesterday we talked about Martha. Marthas often feel like the world will screech to a halt if they rest for a moment. Yet, “He gives to his beloved sleep.” We are are dependent people. The world rests not on our humble shoulders. This is a hard reality to embrace sometimes for all of us. For Marthas, the struggle may be never taking a break. For others, the struggle may be with worry or anxiety. Either way, trusting our lives to God is not a natural posture. Listen to what Jesus has to say about God’s fatherly kindness towards us though:
“And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread, 4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”
5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him 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!”
– Luke 11:2–13 ESV
We have a good Father in heaven. He doesn’t desire to give us things that are bad for us. What an incredible truth! We should ask of God and expect him to do good towards us! Of course, verse 13, the best gift of all, he gives us himself in the Holy Spirit. God dwells in and among us. Molding our hearts and empowering us towards mission.
Paul Tripp says, “Prayer is abandoning my reliance on me and running toward the rest that can be found only when I rely on the power of God.” Run too it! Run to him. He gives you himself. He gives you the kingdom.