Asking God

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Have you ever noticed a little toddler interact with their parents? They are so un-abashedly petitioning!  “Dad help me with…” “Mom can I ….”” Can I have a …..” What do you think those kids haven’t learned yet? What fundamental belief about their parents do they have to have in order to ask so willingly? Some of this might illustrate the child like faith that Jesus talks about in Matthew 19:13-15.  What do you think we learn later as adults that might stop us from being so willing to ask God our Father so openly?  What comes more naturally to you, asking for yourself or others? Why do you think that is?

Key Verse: Ephesians 6:18  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

 

Additional verses for meditation and study:

·       Mark 9:14-27, Matthew 11:28-30, Matthew 7:7-12

The Scriptures are more than stories, more than moral lessons. They reveal the Heart of God, his character, and his desire. Ask God to meet you here, in the passages this week. Ask him to open your eyes to see him, to unblock your ears to hear him, and to soften your heart to trust him.

 

Read Mark 9:14-27

·       What do you think prevents the Father from asking out right? Why is Jesus frustrated? In the end, the father says something profound. "I believe, help me in my unbelief."

·       What do you think the relationship is between asking Jesus for something and believing that he will do it? (Mark 9:23)

·        What about Jesus’ heart is revealed here?

 

Read Mathew 11:28-30

·       What are the reasons given for laying our burdens on the Lord? 

·       What about Jesus’ heart is revealed here?

 

Read Matthew 7:7-12

·       What does this passage say about asking God?  What reason does Jesus give? 

·       What does Jesus say about the Fathers heart for his children?

 

Special Prayer discipline:

Find a quiet place without distraction. Ask God to bring to mind your needs, fears, anxieties, and worries. One at a time as they come to mind offer them up to him claiming one of the passages you read above. 

1. Help me believe you can

2. Lord your shoulders are wide and this burden is too heavy for me please carry it

3. You are a father who loves me and has asked me to come to you. So I’m coming to my daddy who loves me…

 

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