Friday, July 22, 2016

The Certain Fruit of Prayer

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Righteous judgments will be rendered,
justice will return again;
those of upright heart will follow
in the way of justice then.
 —Psalm 94:14-15
Suggested tune: Sussex (87.87)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
—Luke 11:9
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
In the three words the Lord uses, ask, seek, knock, a difference in meaning has been sought.  If such was indeed his purpose, then the first, ASK, refers to the gifts we pray for.  But I may ask and receive the gift without the Giver.  SEEK is the word Scripture uses of God himself; Christ assures me that I can find himself.  But it is not enough to find God in time of need, without coming to abiding fellowship:  KNOCK speaks of admission to dwell with him and in him.  Asking and receiving the gift would thus lead to seeking and finding the Giver, and this again to the knocking and opening of the door of the Father’s home and love.  One thing is sure:  the Lord does want us to count most certainly on it that asking, seeking, knocking, cannot be in vain:  receiving an answer, finding God, the opened heart and home of God, are the certain fruit of prayer.
 —Andrew Murray
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Grant me the gifts of your Spirit, O God, but more importantly, grant me your Spirit. I pray most of all, however, not that I possess your gifts, and not that you be in me, but that I be in you...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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