From Matthew 7:11 – “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”
Today is the National Day of Prayer. Reread that verse above. “Gifts” stands out because I put it in a bold purple font. What also stands out to me is the very last part of that verse, the part about being one of those who ask God – that’s prayer. I’ve said before that my prayers are more asking than listening at times. So, I also want to remind you and myself that praying is listening to Him, too!
I’m not advertising a “name it and claim it” mentality among the sistren (and brethren). It’s paramount (not tantamount) that we realize that in order for us to receive what we (God’s children) ask, our will needs to be aligned with God’s (our Father’s) will.
So, when we pray, if we are praying for something that is not in God’s will, our praying is futile and selfish, although our hearts may not be intent on selfishness in the moment. We are genuinely praying for what is on our heart/mind, but ignorant of the misalignment with God’s will. But, when we are in tune with God’s will, then our prayers are synchronized with His desire for us and we will pray His will and receive what we ask because He put the thought in our minds to begin with. That’s where the listening comes in. How will you know His will if you’re not in the Word (checking your prayer alignment to know His will) or pausing to really listen to Him.
This is not easy to comprehend. Am I making any sense?
By now, you should have guessed that there is a gift in the box. It should be on its way overnight to its destination.
Yesterday after dinner, I received a text message from Robert, “Could you make me another poundcake? I ate the last one in 5 days.” What was I to do? I looked at the clock (7:03 pm), checked the pantry and frig for the necessary ingredients and got to work.
During the process I took pictures via my cellphone (I wasn’t in the car, so I had Rob’s blessing to use my cellphone as a camera) and sent the pictures to Robert and told him I was “on it” and would overnight it to him this morning. I think I sent him a text about 10 minutes before the cake was done to say that it was a shame his phone was not a “smellaphone” because the cake was smelling GOOOOOOOD (say it like Andy on Mayberry, with about 15 syllables).
In the meantime, Robert had posted his status on facebook, that social networking website (yes, I have a page there), as “Robert’s Mommy is making him a poundcake and is overnighting it! Whoop!” I did not realize it until this morning when my emailed informed me I had a comment on my facebook page from Denise who thought it was sweet I was sending my son a poundcake. I wondered how she knew. Now I know how she knew. In the meantime, Robert’s getting comments that pretty much add up to all of Athens is coming over to his dorm/apt. to eat the poundcake when it arrives tomorrow! I even got a request for overnighting a poundcake to some friends here in town…all because my child told cyberspace what his mother was up to last night.
This is taking way too long. Oh well.
The point to this story of the gift and the tie-in to prayer is this. Robert wanted something that was not against my desire to prepare for him. So, I am sending what he requested and when he gets it, he will share the good gift with others who will be excited for the provision.
That’s the reaction we want to our prayers prayed in God’s will…enthusiasm among the brethren for God’s goodness and faithfulness.
For proof of what it looked like before it went in the box at the UPS store, here’s a picture…with a typical controlling mom’s comments on the wrapping and an extra bag for leftovers if he tears this bag. There may not be any leftovers after he advertised its arrival and a poundcake party is in the works.
Not to leave David out, I have made him his favorite cake, a Poppy Seed cake. I didn’t have to overnight it. He’s right here. My nest is “half full” as Kent has reminded me. I am thankful the nest is not empty, yet.
So Rob won’t feel left out, I’d better make dinner. It’s nice outside. I feel some al fresco dining coming on…salmon, steamed asparagus, roasted veggies, some type of starch (pasta or potatoes, perhaps).
See you guys tomorrow!