Daily Devotional–Thursday, June 10, 2021
“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” (Luke 11:13, NLT)
The Bible highlights the need for us to pray…often. But what should be the focus of our prayers? Our prayers aren’t to be for show, to impress others (Matthew 6:5). They aren’t to be filled with repetitive words (Matthew 6:7). They aren’t just to be for our own gratification (James 4:3). There are many things to pray for—for daily bread (Matthew 6:11), against temptation (Matthew 6:13), for other believers (Ephesians 6:18) and even for those who mistreat us (Matthew 5:44). But I couldn’t help noticing again today, from Jesus’ perspective, what the best thing we can pray for is. It is something we are to shamelessly pursue…something that the Father will not refuse us—His presence through the Holy Spirit.
God tells us through Jeremiah, that if we seek Him with all our heart, He will be found by us (Jeremiah 29:13). Matthew recorded Jesus’ teaching that we are to ‘seek first God’s Kingdom’ then the other things of earthly concern—like food, shelter and clothing—will be provided as well (Matthew 6:33). Luke expands on Jesus’ instruction regarding prayer by telling us that the ‘seek and you will find’ has to do with God’s provision of the Holy Spirit. God knows what is needed to sustain our physical beings, but He wants us to remove our focus from the temporal to the eternal, from the physical to the spiritual, from the created to the Creator.
What would happen if our prayers primarily revolved around wanting more of God—not more of what He can provide, but more of Him? I would dare say that most of our lives would be drastically changed…for the better. Do we love God well enough to want more of Him? According to Jesus, it should be the thing that we look for most. And God, for His part, will not disappoint!
~ Pastor Jane
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First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!