When you and I approach the King of the Universe out of need, the choices are the same. We can seek or we can merely search. My friend, lifes a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
One of the more humbling experiences in my life has been the job interview. So much preparation goes into it with resume written and rewritten, cover letter crafted and each small detail of history and experience tweaked so as to make them shine both true and significant individually. When you finally do get a response from all the written preparation, and pass the initial phone check to see if there is a live body behind that keyboard, you come to the sartorial part of the exercise: the personal appearance and interview. The last time I went through this exercise was not too long ago. Pulling up into the office parking lot where the company was located, I spent a few precious moments prepping; checking mustache hairs in the visor mirror, wiping a few stray cookie crumbs from my suit jacket, and making sure that I had all the documentation that I needed in my portfolio. Double check the office floor and number, take a final sip of coffee from the travel mug, check how those shoes look, and you throw yourself into the exercise like a torpedo pilot; certain you will reach your goal but uncertain as to what kind of shape you will be when you get back to the carrier.
Job hunting is serious business and it isn’t for the feint at heart. One misplaced word, small shirt stain, or wild mustache hair can make the difference in whether or not interview one is followed by interview two. One does not go into prepping for these without forethought and a plan. It’s the difference between seeking to be hired and just testing the waters. When you and I approach the King of the Universe out of need, the choices are the same. We can seek or we can merely search.
Here’s a story. A friend of mine took his small son with him to town one day to run some errands. When lunch time arrived, the two of them went to a familiar diner for a sandwich. The father sat down on one of the stools at the counter and lifted the boy up to the seat beside him. They ordered lunch, and when the waiter brought the food, the father said, “Son, we’ll just have a silent prayer.” Dad got through praying first and waited for the boy to finish his prayer, but he just sat with his head bowed for an unusually long time. When he finally looked up, his father asked him, “What in the world were you praying about all that time?” With the innocence and honesty of a child, he replied, “How do I know? It was a silent prayer.” (Our Daily Bread)
Do you seek after God’s bounty or do you merely bow your head and hope for the best? The seeking part does, like pursuing a choice, job interview, involve some preparation, even a bit of obsessive preoccupation. Such is the manner of seeking. Someone who’s thirsty and can’t find refreshment will not just search for water, they will seek it. Every ounce of their being is focused on ensuring their thirst is quenched. Their very life may depend upon it. Are you thirsty for God? Prayer is the vehicle for quenching that thirst; seeking prayer brings all the elements of body and mind into play to ensure that we’re ready to come into divine contact with the One who will say “yes,” “no” or “wait” to our prayer request. How do you find that “seeking” mode? As you knock at the King’s door, it’s always a good thing to check such things as–are your nails clean, clothes soiled or sandals dirty. In so doing you will become fervent in the seeking and humble in demeanor. A prepped Christian, humbled by his sin and thus holy before the King, will not be knocking long.
We pray. Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy when we seek you in prayer, prayer that is thoughtful, earnest and from our wounded hearts. Forgive us Father when we approach your door with hearts that are not humbled, unprepared to enter into your grace. Help us Father to make prayer a practice of seeking in our lives and not just a matter of doing. 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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