July 31, 2014
Honest To God ~ William C. Green
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. From Hebrews 4:14-5:4
During the time that I served a congregation with many farmer in it, there were seasons of drought. City boy that I was, and not comfortable with the idea that God can make it rain, I got around the drought by thanking God for our many blessings. Besides, the days when it didn’t rain were beautiful.
Jesus said, “Ask, and you will receive. Knock, and the door will be opened.” He did not say, “Be realistic, and you might get what you are requesting,” or “Tap on the door and someone might answer.”
Jesus was bold, and urges us to be bold, because God is bold. What counted for Jesus is what counts for us: not prayer, but God, who works through our prayers. Maybe that means rain amid a drought. Who are we to doubt what God can do? If it doesn’t mean rain, it means something just as life-giving – power greater than our own that can see us through the worst circumstances. But if we don’t ask for it, how can we really receive it?
One preacher put it well when he said, “Some of our prayers need to be cut short at both ends and set on fire in the middle.” Honesty is the match.
PRAYER: God, make us bold. And keep us honest. May we ask for what we really want, not just what we think may be possible. Amen
Taken from the United Church of Christ devotional, God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals, ed. Christina Villa (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2013), 226.