Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Prayer - Petition

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

18th March 2012

When the term ‘petition’ is used in the context of prayer it means ‘presenting our requests to God’. Or put more simply it means ‘asking’ God for something.

Thankfully, Jesus encouraged us to ask the Father for things:

“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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7–11)

Had Jesus not encouraged us to ask the Father for things we might have hesitated to include personal petition in our prayer times.

We may even have thought that presenting our requests to God is unnecessary since He already knows what is best for us and can be trusted to give it as and when He decides He will.

But personally I’m glad that it was Jesus Himself who told us to make these requests.

Not only did He encourage petition but He also urged us to be persistent with our petitions.

Ask, and keep on asking, He tells us, and seek, and keep on seeking, and knock and keep on knocking.

This gives us the permission to plead with God to help us in our times of need. God would not have us silent in such an hour. His ear is always open to His children’s needy cries.

It is so important that we reach out to our heavenly Father and ask Him for His help:

“You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God”. (James 4:2)

But when we ask we must do so with the right motives:

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures”.(V.3)

Our asking God for things must be for His glory and not simply for our own pleasures. This was the focus of Jesus’ prayers and it should be ours too:

“After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you”. (John 17:1)

When we ask with the right motivation, for God’s glory, then we will find that our Father in heaven will give good gifts to those who ask him.

All we have to do is ask.

Have a good week asking God for His glory to be displayed through you.

Pastor Barry

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