Your Father knows that you need them ...

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
There is a mysterious aspect to prayer. When we pray God already knows what it is that we are going to say and he already knows how He will answer our prayer. It can boggle your mind if you think about it too hard. Yet the creator of all things, seen and unseen, invites us in to dialog with him about the ultra-person, the superficial and destiny of nations. And as we pray, somehow God factors our wants and needs into his will for our lives and our world.

The last sentence of today's passage speaks to the seeking, not asking, flavor of prayer. As I have said before, prayer is not simply an airing of requests, but a continuing heavenly dialog where we seek out the heart of God. This kind of prayer can cause worry to cease and peace to come as we turn our affections away from physical things and set our hearts to seek the Lord. And when we do, the Lord Jesus tells us that all of our needs will be met in Him.

You are enough Lord. I need you. Help me to seek you in all that I do.

1 comment:

  1. So true, Bob. A dialog without requests can be very refreshing.


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