Today has been a national day of prayer for UCCF staff. We in the north (Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria, Yorkshire, and the Tyne-Tees-Wear area) have gathered together in Doncaster for a few days, and really enjoyed time today, praying for one another, the CUs we work with, the national fellowship as a whole, and our international brothers and sisters in IFES.
Thinking about prayer this morning we listened to an old sermon from John Stott, based on Matthew 7 and this bit of Jesus’ teaching:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
I do know that God is a good, perfect, wonderful, kind, and generous Dad, but I really, really often don’t act like I know that when it comes to praying. When it comes to prayer I am mostly lazy and forgetful, I behave as if God can’t or won’t help, and as if I can do things fine on my own.
Which is stupid.
Thankfully, he is kind even when I don’t act like it, and lovely, even when I forget. But I am praying that I’d be a bit more trusting, and a bit less lazy and forgetful.
In summary: thankful for such a kind heavenly Father.