Thursday, March 19, 2009

Praying: Hidden Things Revealed

In Matthew 11 Jesus prays a prayer and we get to listen in on it. What do you hear?

I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned,
and revealed them to little children.
Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
All things have been committed to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. (Matthew 11:25-26)

Twice in these two verses Jesus talks about things that are revealed.

Once he says the Father has chosen to "reveal them to little children".

The second time he tells us the only people who know the Father or the Son are "those to whom the Son chooses to reveal" them.

This second "revealing" is a self-revelation: God shows people Who He is.

I've been praying this week for a number of people within our church family.

I've been praying that The Heavenly Father would reveal Himself to some fathers and mothers in our church.

I've been praying that the Son would reveal himself to some sons and daughters who are part of our congregation.

I'm reminded that if God doesn't reveal Himself to us, we won't know Who He is. Neither will our children. Nor our spouses. Nor our grandchildren. Nor our friends. Nor our neighbors.

Would you be willing to pray with me today that God would "choose to reveal" Himself wherever our people are?

Let's ask God to make Himself known in our midst, through Scripture, through prayer, through whatever means the Spirit chooses. But let's ask and let's agree to ask together.

Grace & peace

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