The Lord’s Prayer: Week 1 – Thursday

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Week 1 – Thursday

SCRIPTURE
Luke 11:13 “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

REFLECT
Those of you who are parents understand this Scripture well! As parents, we love nothing more than doing good things for and giving good things to our children. Our heavenly Father wants to give us all things that are good, and desires only that we ask. Yes, God is all-knowing (He is a “mind-reader!”) but He longs for a relationship with His children. He asks that we ask. Nothing is too small or too big. What have you neglected to bring before your Father?

We invite you to share your insights and thoughts by leaving a comment below or by replying to another comment.

If you would like, you can unpack the verse S.O.A.P style:
S = Scripture; what is it that I’m reflecting upon.
O = Observation; what does this mean to me, what do I notice?  What got my attention? Can I rephrase this in my own words?
A = Application; how can I apply this into my life?  What action can I take as a result of what I just learned
P = Prayer; based on what I’ve learned and my application/action, pray – talk to God about your insight, ask for help, offer thanksgiving.

 

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  1. Teri says:

    my thoughts this morning…

    S: Luke 11:13 “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

    O: Before this verse, Jesus gives these examples {The Message version Luke 11:11-12} “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider?” <– NO!! That would not be nice or loving. Our Father’s love and provision over us is not that “flavor” I believe He has a sense of humor, but He is loving and understanding. When Christ died, He promised to leave us with a “counselor” to take His place, to live amongst us – He did with the Holy Spirit…that’s Him meeting our needs – providing comfort and closeness, protection here on earth in the Spiritual realm.

    A: I don’t always get what I want or what I ask for. However, as I grow in my relationship with God, as Christ dwells within me and I ask to be led by the Holy Spirit — His ways are becoming my ways, my thoughts, desires, needs are starting to align with His. I understand the relationship. I don’t always know the answers: why or why not, or when. But I rest in Our Father’s arms trusting that His plans for me are for Good. He wants to bless me. He wants me to live a fulfilling life. I must share with Him my needs, be honest about what is important to me. Then leave the results up to Him. Trust. Faith. Believe.

    P: Father, you are my Source, supplier, provider, my everything. You love me with an everlasting love. There has never been a flicker of a moment that you’ve forgotten about me — I always have your full attention and regard — PRICELESS, THANK YOU! Each day you give me “enough” in every way. Forgive me when I’m impatient or greedy. Forgive me when my selfishness kicks in or I doubt your goodness. You show me time and time again how every detail of ME matters to You. I desire to remain grateful always. I will continue to ask for what I need. I love You, I need You. T

  2. Terry says:

    Well, I am thinking I needed to think about Our father this week. I did not follow the SOAP for Thursday, but because of something going on, I responded this way
    http://lightingandsalting.blogspot.com/2011/07/being-parent-tough-job.html
    I will come back and respond with SOAP for today and Thursday.

  3. Terry says:

    S: Luke 11:13 “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

    O: In looking about this verse, I think about our capacity to love and our compassion. We, in this sinful flesh, with unpure hearts can usually do a pretty good job of loving, especially when it comes to our children. I have to sit and wonder…how many times would we multiply this to see the love of God. To know and truly understand his love for us, is going to be an amazing thing to receive that understanding one day.

    A: I need to apply this in my life with reliance. Reliance total, commited and complete. Trusting in a Father who loves me more abundantly than I could ever understand while here on this earth. To know, as I want what is best, right and good for my children…how much more must He want for me.

    P: Father, help me to rest in faith and rely on you. Help me to understand your love and to be reminded of how much you love me each day. Allow me to trust that unanswered prayer is actually always going to be good for me, help me, and mold me into the desires you have for me. Help me not to interfere with your will for me. Thank you Father for loving me as you do, and for the gifts you give me. May I just rest in your loving arms and know you have it all in control.

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