TargetPoint Vol 17 of 31
Today's Verse/Thought: PETITION-Expressed Dependence
Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
DEPENDENCE? I thought INdependence was the highest level of humanity! You might think that is true in American life, but this scripture denotes one of the most dependent requests one might have.
HELPLESSNESS - why that's just plain counter-cultural! But, it was Jesus who taught us to pray, Give us this day our daily bread. Beware, you are about to enter a zone of helplessness!
Because PETITION IS AN EXPRESSION OF HELPLESSNESS, it should be present each day in the devotional hour. We are, no matter what our culture touts, to express our DEPENDENCE ON CHRIST FOR EVERY NEED. Petition is our means of such expression. We go before God as an attorney with a carefully prepared argument upon which to base our case. We have a sincere, unselfish basis for our requests. Our motive is pure and our arguments well ordered. After all, Jesus was fully dependent upon God His Father. Can we be anything less?
Here's a great guideline to follow: ASK with a beggar's humility, SEEK with a servant's carefulness, and KNOCK with the confidence of a friend.
Make your petition very SPECIFIC - never vague. Make your petition very COMPLETE. CAREFULLY THINK THROUGH your petition before presenting it. ANALYZE THE PROBLEM from every angle and then express it as a petition.
Make your petition SINCERE. STRIVE to bring your claims before God with a right spirit. Make your petition SIMPLE. Though we should analyze a problem, piece by piece, our manner of petition ought to be SIMPLE AND INFORMAL.
ENLARGE A PETITION carefully, taking time to explain to God why you desire an answer for that request. FREQUENTLY EXAMINE YOUR MOTIVES for claiming a petition. Be certain they are pure in the sight of God.
Now, with our requests made known to God, we are on our way to giving Thanks . . .
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Thanksgiving, The Act of Expressed Appreciation