Friday, January 1, 2010

Much Asking, Much Receiving

Frances and I were discussing yesterday how easy it is to begin endeavors without asking the Lord for His leadership, enabling, and the realization of His vital presence.

"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass...." (Psalm 37:5).

Certainly some matters demand such quick response and attention that we have no time for conscious prayer and commitment of our way to the Lord. Also, the intent of our heart is the primary factor of whether we perform our doings in a manner honoring to God, and in the light and power of His Person (Proverbs 4:23). The prevailing and pervading reality of our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ doubtless assures His working in times when we may not specifically pray.

It remains true, however, that our relationship with God is meant to be consciously realized and experienced. Growth in consistent communion with Him is a primary aspect of this blessed gift given to the trusting heart, and further growth ensues when much receiving is preceded by much asking. We are also provided with increasing opportunity for praise, thanksgiving, and the heart-filling vibrancy of Love received, and love returned.

A new year begins, and doubtless we have already committed it to the Lord Jesus. May the altar of this annual devotion lead to countless remembrances to begin our ways and endeavors with the love, presence, wisdom, power, and enabling of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Our lives will be more consciously lived as such sacredness of all things is recognized, and most importantly, God will be more glorified in us and by us.

"He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence."
(Colossians 1:18)

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