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Meditation for Christmas December 25, 2010

Posted by Jeremy in Christmas, Thoughts and Theology.
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I was reading Luke 11:1-13 this morning.  Many of you know this passage, it is what we call the Lord’s Prayer.  We know the first 5 verses pretty well but less so the following 7.

Looking at the last several verses you see some pretty powerful statements.  In vs. 9-10 Jesus tells his followers to “ask” (common term for pray) God, “seek” God (Isa. 55:6, 65:1, Deut. 4:29), and “knock” and it will be opened (gate of God’s mercy).  All of these words are in the present tense and are imperatives.  They’re moving us to make prayer a continual habit in our lives.  It should be noted that in vs. 10 when it says, everyone who asks receives, doesn’t mean that what we receive is what we ask for.  God is far wiser than we are and has far better plans than we could ever imagine or dream (1 Cor. 2:9, Rom. 8:28). Something I need to be reminded of often.

Now we get to the end of Jesus’ teaching on prayer.  This is what is called a “lesser greater” argument…meaning that if vs. 11-12 are true then the final statement of vs. 13 must be even more true.

A great verse for us to think about today is vs. 13.  If we, who are evil (Rom. 3:10-13, Gen. 3), have the ability, the wherewithal, to know and be able to give good gifts to our children, how much more will God – Holy, Righteous, etc. – give us the Holy Spirit if we ask?  “A far more important gift than material blessings is the powerful anointing and guidance of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life (Esv study notes)”.  I need this every day in my life.  I need be in prayer with my Father, seeking after Him.  This is true for both the Christian and the unbeliever.

This is what I’ve been mediating on today, among other things, as we just spent time exchanging gifts with each other.  It’s so easy for me to just do my own thing focused mainly on myself instead of keeping in step with the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:4-6) and how the Lord wants to use me and reveal himself to me today.

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