North Broadway United Methodist Church

Lent Day 31: Prayer

Reflection on 40 Days with Wesley by Rueben Job

Day 31: Prayer

“Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find.  Knock and the door will be opened to you.  Everyone who asks, receives.  Whoever seeks, finds.  To everyone who knocks, the door is opened.” Luke 11:9-10

As I reflect on this scripture, I want to take a survey… is it True with a capital “T”, true with a little “t” or “false?”  Which would you choose?  Survey says…

I know the Truth is that I could do a better job of remaining in an attitude of prayer, asking, seeking, and knocking.  God does listen. Many of us Americans have been taught to take care of everything on our own, rather than asking, seeking, knocking and relying on God.

As we read this scripture in my Wesleyan group last night, I was reminded of a prayer that resulted in what felt to a young, recent college grad, like a miracle.  Many years ago I worked at a homeless shelter in rural KY.  It was a government recognized holiday, but I was working so it could not have been a holiday my employer recognized.  One of our residents for whom I was responsible was rapidly deteriorating, mentally.  I knew she needed to go to the psych hospital.  But, she was not willing to go on her own. And, I knew there was little chance of tracking down a judge to sign an involuntary commitment in my small town on a holiday.  My hands were tied.  Unless she got so bad we had to call the police, all we could do was watch her decline.  I prayed really hard for another option.  Not five minutes later, she came in from the back porch to use the bathroom.  Something clicked in her brain when she flushed the toilet. When she came out, she said, “disease is flowing and I want to go to the hospital.”   So, I promptly took her to the hospital and she was admitted. This was such a powerful experience, it scared me.  I sought help and God provided.  Ask and you shall receive.

What have you asked for that God has provided?  What prevents you from asking more?

Pastor Wendy