Some of you have mentioned that you would like more fun information and shorter newsletters, so I will be condensing my message (hopefully). Other than when I do special newsletters, I will generally choose a verse, explain what it says, what it means, and why it's important to us.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- The verse gives us three examples of when we reach out, we are given an answer. If we ask, we get an answer; if we try to find something, we will find it; if we knock on a door, the door will be opened.
What does it mean?
- The verse does not necessarily mean that we will get everything we want, exactly as we want it. However, it shows us that when we feel like we are in need, when we feel like we don't have an answer, and when we feel lost, we can always ask God for an answer. And God never ceases to give us what we request--He just sometimes decides to do it in a way that He thinks is best.
What does it mean for us?
- The verse means that when we understand, believe, and have faith that God can and does answer, we are never afraid to ask Him for help. This is known as prayer. When we pray, we should praise God and confess our sins, but we can also ask God for His help or His provision. We may ask for more video games and never receive them, but instead God may change our hearts so that we can live with a smaller desire to play video games. He always gives an answer to those who ask.
- He can even answer bold prayer requests. For example, we can boldly ask Him to bring more people to the church, and if we really believe that He can do it, He may answer with more people.
Until next time,