Spiritual poverty

When we need something from God, do we ask out of imminent need and not a prevailing mindset of God’s provision? My friend, lifes a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.

What’s the ceiling for your willingness to ask for things? For most of us asking is problematic since the asking might mean we will have to deal with a response that may humble us. Additionally, the longer we wait to ask, the more likely it is, we rationalize, that somehow our issue or need will be met and the asking will be a moot point. This is the practical side to not asking; the other being the emotional. Let’s face it, most of us don’t wish to be humbled or inconvenienced. By nature we prefer to maintain a level of pride to protect us from humility, and doing things for ourselves is faster and saves us from any obligations to the giver. Asking is, therefore, frequently a last option for many, especially for adults used to being asked, as opposed to doing the asking. Yet, remembering our childhood, how often did we ask for things from our parents? Literally, we lived in a world of childlike need begging the question of how dependent we were on our parents, and how literally we trusted the fact that they would consider fairly and generously what we asked for. Can I . . . ? Will you . . . ? May I . . . ? When will we . . .? These were common introductions to our needy questions as children. Ours was a world of material poverty growing up. We didn’t buy our clothes or prepare dinner, Mom did. We didn’t get our bike repaired or drive to an away baseball game, Dad did.

Growing up, we found it quite comfortable to need things and, therefore, ask for them from our parents. One of the reasons we enjoyed a much higher level of need then, as compared to now, is that asking was a state of mind when we were little. It was so natural. If a friend asked us to stay over for the night the next logical question would be: “Hey, just ask your Mom!” When we need something from God, do we ask in a similar way, or do we ask out of imminent need and not a prevailing mindset of God’s provision?

Here’s a story. Things looked bleak for the children of George Muller’s orphanage at Ashley Downs in England. It was time for breakfast, and there was no food. A small girl whose father was a close friend of Muller was visiting in the home. Muller took her hand and said, “Come and see what our Father will do.” In the dining room, long tables were set with empty plates and empty mugs. Not only was there no food in the kitchen, but there was no money in the home’s account. Muller prayed, “Dear Father, we thank Thee for what Thou art going to give us to eat.” Immediately, they heard a knock at the door. When they opened it, there stood the local baker. “Mr. Muller,” he said, “I couldn’t sleep last night. Somehow I felt you had no bread for breakfast, so I got up at 2 oclock and baked fresh bread. Here it is.” Muller thanked him and gave praise to God. Soon, a second knock was heard. It was the milkman. His cart had broken down in front of the orphanage. He said he would like to give the children the milk so he could empty the cart and repair it. (Source Unknown.)

Muller was mindful of the needs of his orphanage. He lived in a state of need and was comfortable in reminding God continually of that need. Prayer and asking God out of need was a first resort for Muller; he was in no way embarrassed to ask because he was assured of the answer: God would provide–it was just a matter of time and place. He didn’t wait for things to get to such a state that the asking was a last resort when nothing else could help. Rather, he lived in a child-like attitude of asking, a place with a low ceiling of tolerance indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God just waiting for us to ask.

We pray. Thank you Lord your willingness to answer prayers, especially when we live in a world of need and hardly know the words to put to our prayers, our minds are so congested by the cares of the day. Forgive us Father when we use prayer as a last resort and fail to live prayerfully as you have taught us to do. Help us Lord to not only be faithful in when we pray but also how we enter into a prayerful mindset every day of our lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)

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