Have you ever had a question you wanted to ask or a request you wanted to submit, but for some reason you didn't ask it? Maybe you were intimidated, maybe you didn't want to offend, or maybe you were scared of being rejected.
For me I usually don't ask for what I want because I don't want to be rejected or look like a fool. This pertains to both my relationships here on earth and my relationship with God. I often think, “I have what I need to survive, so I don't need to ask for anything else.” I try to keep my complaints to myself and not bother other people with my needs. Are any of you like that?
Today as I was reading through Ephesians I was reminded in chapter 2 of Jesus' purpose in coming to earth…to make a way for us (all of us) to have a relationship with the Father. And then in chapter 3 I got to verse 12 which reads “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”
Often when I read the Bible I read it chapter by chapter, but when I'm reading through the Pauline epistles (the letters that Paul wrote), I like to read them in large chunks because they were letters. And when Paul wrote them they weren't broken into chapter and verse, it was just one long manuscript. Today as I read from chapter 2 to chapter 3 I understood the context of this verse more clearly.
Jesus came and died and rose again so that you and I could have a relationship with God. And as verse 12 points out, this relationship is one of freedom and confidence. We can approach God openly and honestly. We don't have to shy away from being real and honest with Him.
I've been able to experience this first hand as I pray with Janie. It is a sweet time at night after we give Janie her bath to just rock her and talk to Jesus with her. As I rock her, I walk back through the day thanking God aloud for all that He has done that day. We praise Him for who He is, and we spend time talking to Him about the things that are heavy on our heart. It is such an honor to get to spend that time teaching Janie how to talk to Jesus and instilling in her that she really can pray for anything. I want her to grow up knowing that in Jesus and faith in Jesus she can approach the throne of God with freedom and confidence.
But I don't just want these things for Janie, I want to learn these truths as well. I want to know that I don't have to shy away from the throne and that I don't have to keep my requests to myself. Jesus died so that you and I could have a relationship with God the Father, so I want to take full advantage of that relationship.
I told you in my last blog that my theme verse this year is Ephesians 1:17, which paraphrased means that I am praying for wisdom to know God better this year. As I think about this theme for 2011, I see how this verse fits perfectly with this theme. I know that the more I talk to God candidly the more I can listen to His response and know Him better.
As I pray these things for myself, I am also praying for you. Thanks for joining me in life's journey. Can I pray for us right now?
Thank you for some special moments this morning to spend with you. Thank you for revealing Yourself to us through your Word. I pray for myself and all my blog friends that we will have the confidence to talk to you openly about what is going on in our lives. I pray that we will be honest with You. And I pray that we will not only talk to You, but that we will also listen to Your response to our prayers. I pray that we will get to know You better each day this year. Thank you for sending Jesus to earth so that we can have a relationship with You. I pray that we each take advantage of the relationship we can have with You and that we never take that relationship for granted.
Thank you for loving us.
In Jesus name, Amen.