You Do Not Have..

… because you do not ask God.  So says James, the half brother of Jesus.  (James 4)

Yesterday, in the message, I sought to make the urgent point that our capitol campaign to raise $200,000 will not be successful unless we beseech God in constant prayer.  If we want to be successful we first must ask God for the money, and not each other.  We do not have because we do not ask.

Jesus tells a fascinating parable in Luke on prayer.  It’s about a man who had unexpected company come late in the night.  They are hungry and he has no food to give them, so he knocks ont the door of his neighbor’s house to get some bread.

The neighbor answers by saying “Go away!”  But the man keeps on knocking and eventually the neighbor gets up and gives him the bread.  The neighbor doesn’t give him bread because he is a good friend as much as the boldness of the man to keep on knocking and asking for bread.  In the parable we are the bold man with unexpected company and God is the neighbor. 

Jesus applies the parable this way, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”  Luke 11:9-10

Pray this week for the kickoff to our campaign to be successful!  It is essential!

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