Praying to a Loving Father–1 John 5 Final

Pray according to his will…it is what every Father wants.  He wants to give us the desires of our heart.  He wants us, however, to know him.  He wants us to know what not to ask him about.  In his eyes, there are no small requests.  But, he does not want us to ask for things that go against his very nature.

God is not a stick in the mud.  He created the world and its beauty.  He wants us, however, to follow him so that we can experience it in freedom.  Don’t ask God to let you run the show…he loves you too much.  Don’t ask him to make you great at your sin or dependencies.  Do not ask him to put you in harm’s way.  No child would ask these things of their dad.  It is OK , however to ask him to promote you, protect you and provide for your needs–that is his sweet spot.  He is not only good at it; but, he loves to do it.  He truly wants your desires to be eternal–so he can give them to you all day–every day!!!

God Bless You

 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

I Samuel 20 part 1–You Got a Friend

There are several marks of a true friend.  Complete honesty, complete transparency, complete vulnerability and a willingness to face hard truth are all part of being a true friend.  Jonathan and David were those kind of friends. When David felt threatened he went to his stalker’s son.  Jonathan was skeptical but listened.  David was open and honest and Jonathan said what a true friend says—“Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do.” David had no doubt that his friend would care for him. David would have done the same for him.

True friends do that.  They become available, they listen, they put aside their own skepticism and they look for ways to help. We need to be those kind of friends.  We need to put aside our own feelings and fears and lay our lives down for our friends.  Even Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friends.” As we look at our lives—do we act like Jonathan with our friends. Do we listen, put aside our own feelings and remain in the corner of those we love…That is what friends do.

Thanks my Friends and God Bless You

 

20 Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, “What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to kill me?”

“Never!” Jonathan replied. “You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn’t do anything, great or small, without letting me know. Why would he hide this from me? It isn’t so!”

But David took an oath and said, “Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, ‘Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.’ Yet as surely as the Lord lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death.”

Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.”