My Prayer

Last night I preached a sermon from Matthew 15 about the Canaanite woman who came to Jesus to ask Him to heal her daughter. It’s obvious when you read the story, this woman is asking Jesus this because she knows He’s the only one that can help her. She seems to understand who Jesus is, even when so many religious leaders and Jewish people who were supposed to be looking for the Messiah didn’t.

This brings her to such a place of humility. I can almost hear her voice quiver and see the expression of pain on her face when she pleads, “Lord, help me.”

This brought me to the conclusion of this truth and then a prayer I want to share with you today:

You will never seek God to do something in your life you believe you can find somewhere else.

I wonder how many times I’ve looked to myself or to something else in our world, to find the help and comfort God was waiting for me to ask Him to give. Here’s the prayer I wrote that came out of this thought:

God, you’re the only one who can give me joy. So, I won’t look for joy elsewhere. God, you’re the only One who can make my family whole, so, I won’t try to make it whole by other means. God, you’re the only One who can make my life complete, so, I won’t try to find completeness somewhere else. God, you’re the only one who can give me peace in my life, so, I won’t look for peace somewhere else. I won’t look for these things within myself; I won’t look for these things within my culture; I won’t look for these things in technological advances; I won’t look for them in external stimuli, I will only look for them in you. 

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