1“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.
3“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
6“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.
7“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
9“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
12“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. -Matthew 7:1-12
It’s time to EAT!
Good morning (or possibly evening)! For many of you it may be very close to 6:48. As our theme is prayer, Pastor David challenged us to EAT each day this week at 6:48AM or PM.
We chose 6:48 based on our theme scripture – James 4:8 –
So come close to God, and God will come close to you…
As you pray (come close to God) this week, here are 3 thoughts from Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount.
1. The Golden Rule
I hope you noticed I added a bit before and after Jesus’ thoughts on prayer.
As the staff discussed the topic of repentance/humility last week, we pointed out how many times Scripture wrapped it around our interaction with people. Humility many times comes because of how we treat and deal with the people around us.
In His sermon, Jesus goes from self-righteous judgment to prayer to the golden rule. I think there is a principle at play there.
Our interaction with people affects how we interact with God.
When we approach God in prayer, we need to be conscious of our heart towards others. Is there unforgiveness? Is there pride? Is there anger? Is there strife?
If we have anything in our hearts toward a brother, sister or enemy, it will keep us from truly connecting with God.
Matthew Henry has this to say about asking, seeking and knocking –
Ask as a beggar asks alms.
A beggar is totally dependent on the graciousness of the people who pass by. He may be embarrassed, but he asks. Why? He has no other option.
Too many times, we feel we have other options. Approach God in complete dependence. Ask, knock and seek like your life depends on what He doles out.
Here’s where the beggar analogy breaks down. God is so much more than a kindly passer-by dropping a few coins in a cup. He is a good, good Father who delights in answering our requests.
As I write, I reflect on my own children. Often they ask for great things, but I know it is best they wait. Sometimes the wait is a few minutes, hours, days, weeks or years. It all depends on what they are asking for.
I want my 11-year-old to watch television, but I know it’s best if he finish his homework first (a few minutes). I want my 8-year-old to have dessert, but I know it’s best if he waits until after dinner (a few hours). I want my 14-year-old to drive, but I know it’s best she wait until she’s 17 (a few years).
Don’t become discouraged. My children never stop asking. Do the same! Keep asking, and know God will answer at the exact right time. Expect Him to come through!
Is it 6:48?
I look forward to praying with you this week, and I am excited to hear about the wonderful things God does in your lives!
Is it 6:48 yet?