Monday Morning Pastor – 3/12/17

March 13, 2017
Note: Each week we will have a guest writer who will share a few of their personal thoughts on Sunday’s sermon. Unlike Monday Morning Quarterbacking, from which this series gets its name, we aren’t looking to critique so much as share how we have been personally impacted. This week’s post comes from Barb Graci.

Title: Asking and Receiving
Passage: Luke 11:5-13

First of all I would like to say I am very honored and humbled to be asked to participate in the Monday Morning Pastor project.  I consider myself a baby Christian at the age of 60, but there is a huge difference in my relationship with God at this age. I am in communication with Him; adoration and jaw dropping amazement at who He is and what He does.

When I heard the beginning of this week’s teaching – “shameless audacity”- I knew this was right up my alley.  Bold?!?!  I can do BOLD!  My father always told us girls, “It doesn’t hurt to ask”.  Of course, there are boundaries you need to respect when you are communicating with other people.  But God is mighty – and He can do anything, so we should be bold in our prayers.

I have taken to limiting my exposure to the news.  I am overwhelmed by what is going on in our communities, our country and our world.  But I do not stop praying to God for guidance, wisdom and compassion for our leaders.  I don’t stop praying for cures for hateful diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, which have personally affected my family.  I don’t stop praying for control of my big mouth, which has been a problem for me for years – in both volume and content!  God already knows my mind and my heart – why NOT put it out there for prayer?

Worry – the bold prayer is “Almighty God, take my worry from me.  I give it to You.  I know You will do what is best for me, and when it is the best time to do it.”

Acknowledge that God is in control – devote time to Him every day.  My boldest prayer, and the one I struggle most with is, “Father use me, show me what You want me to do.”  The Holy Spirit has answered many times.  More times than I can to admit, I let the answering machine pick up while I decide if I want to respond to the call. Because when God tells you to do something, He will give you the ability to do it.

Bottom line is – God created the universe and all that is in it.  His vision is that large and whatever we ask in His name He CAN do.  Keep knocking on the door and enjoy His many blessings while you wait for your answer.

 

Contact Dave Hallahan if you’d like to contribute to this series.
Listen to the full sermon here