Sometimes in the sermon, something really stands out to me, and it’s all I can think of during the week. This past week, Mark talked about how nobody wants that friend who is only around when they need something. Everybody has a friend like that. Every time your cell phone rings and it’s that person, you think to yourself what do they want now? But do we treat God that way? Do we only talk to him when we need something? Do all of our prayers consist of asking God to help us? That really spoke to me. It really challenged me. I definitely don’t want to only be coming to God with my requests and concerns. But if I’m honest, I know that most of my prayers are me asking God for things or to help me through things.
I like it when different sermons/ devotions/small group lessons come together. It really helps me understand that God is trying to tell me something. That is definitely what happened to me this week. In KidsTime, we have been going through Matthew. This week we are in Matthew 6. Monday night I started planning what I was going to teach the kids about this Wednesday, and I realized that it was the Lord’s Prayer. In Matthew 6:8-13, Jesus teaches us how to pray. He is talking about the Pharisees, and he says:
“Do not be like them. For your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’ “’
We hear those verses a lot. But this week when I read them, they really spoke to me. God knows our needs. And yes, he definitely wants us to talk to Him about our needs, but so, so much more. Just like we expect our friends to listen to us, we have to listen to Him. What is he saying to you today?