RICK CARPENTER: Ask and be blessed by Him

Recently, while conducting a memorial service for a dear departed Saint, I chose to include the prayer that Jesus taught His followers to pray, “The Lord’s Prayer,” Matthew 6:9-14. Within the context of this prayer, I am reminded that Jesus instructs us to ask God the Father for three specific things.

First, Jesus instructs us to ask: “Give us today our daily bread.” We are to ask God for what we need each day to sustain us. During my educational preparation for the ministry, (I was a 30-year-old freshman) a colleague of mine, (also in his 30s) reminded me that the Lord had provided for all of my needs yesterday. He would also be ready to do the same tomorrow and He stands ready to meet the need today!

Secondly, Jesus instructs us to ask: “Forgive us our debts . . .” In this, Jesus makes a conditional requirement. He is instructing us to ask God for forgiveness based on our willingness to forgive those who have transgressed against us.

And thirdly, Jesus instructs us to ask: “. . . deliver us from the evil one.” This is a request of God to escape the power of the Devil. The Apostle Paul reminds us that evil does not have a human name. In Ephesians 6:12 we are reminded of the reality of evil. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the power of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Our deliverance from this onslaught of darkness will result in putting our belief, hope and trust in Jesus Christ.

In His prayer, Jesus is instructing us to ask God.  Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you . . .” Matthew 7:7 Ask for my daily need of food, clothing and finances; ask for forgiveness, ask to be delivered from the grip of Satan upon my life.

Wow! When one stops and thinks about these three requests, requests which God is ready to grant, what more does one need to live a blessed life?

With that, let us ask God for our daily sustenance. Let us ask God for forgiveness remembering He forgives us as we are willing to forgive others who have hurt us. And then, let us ask God to deliver us from the power of Satan.

Ask and be blessed by Him!

Blessings,

Pastor Rick Carpenter

Brockway Wesleyan Church

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