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Rev. Peter Greiner

Sun 3 Apr

If you seek wisdom, who do you go to? James would say if you lack wisdom, then ask God who gives generously (James 1:5). In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus provides wisdom for those who are weighing up what it means to follow Him. Jesus has given words of wisdom on what to do when you worry. How do you discern who is willing to hear the good news? What standard do you use to judge people? How do you decide to serve? Jesus has already given instructions on prayer in the Lord’s Prayer. Now in Matthew 8, Jesus gives instruction on persistent prayer. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” James, the Lord’s brother, confirms what Jesus states when he bluntly writes, “You do not have, because you do not ask God” (James 4:2). So we are to ask, to seek and to knock when it comes to prayer. For the would be followers of Jesus following Him, when it came to their needs they are to ask, to seek, and to knock. And we are told our heavenly Father will give. Such calm reassurance would have went a long way in quieting the nerves of Jesus’ followers as they contemplated leaving everything to follow Him. Such reassurance should comfort our heartland minds as we follow Jesus. Even though at times we don’t get what we ask for, which is understandable, because our heavenly Father is far wiser than we are, when it comes to determining what answers we need to our prayers. When we ask, seek and knock God knows exactly what we need to accomplish our living for Him. Are there times when you question whether God has given you the right idea?