I know Jesus tells us to knock, knock, knock, ask, ask, ask, seek, seek, seek. He wants us to come before him like little children, making our needs known (realizing that our much wiser Father will do what’s best anyway!).
But it is SO instructive to see how Jesus and Paul prayed (as I posted here). And now the writer of Hebrews throws us another prayer curve-ball.
If only we prayed like this!
Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:18-21 ESV)
How often do we ask, like the Hebrews writer, that we act honorably so that our conscience is clear?
And what does the writer pray for the people?
- That they maybe equipped to do the will of Jesus
- That Jesus will work in them to live a life that pleases Him
Nothing about wanting the iPhone 5
Nothing about getting a promotion
Nothing about our financial woes (in the richest country on earth)
Not saying God doesn’t care about those details.
But I do think HIS glory forever and ever is more important!!
After all, we have at our disposal that same power that brought Jesus back from the dead. That power enables and equips us.
And if our great shepherd shed His own blood for us, shouldn’t His will and His pleasure be our first priorities?
Let’s pray so!
Today’s Readings: Ezekiel 29:1-30:26, Psalm 129:5-8, Proverbs 28:27, Hebrews 13:1-25. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).