Knitting With God

26 Feb

God’s Word:  Matthew 6:5, 6, Jesus said, “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either.  All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?  Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quite, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.  The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” 

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying in these verses)

Prayer is knitting your heart to the heart of God.  Praying in public causes a strain to that knitting because others are listening.  Take special effort to humbly step into the presence of God and not to “look or sound good” before others.  People are so tempted to turn any public event into drawing attention to self.

True heart to heart knitting with God happens best in secret.  hearts-knit-togetherWhen no one is watching or listening you are free to set aside all pretenses and be yourself in God’s presence.  It would be foolishness to be anything but honest, since God knows you even better than you know yourself.

Your focus in prayer is to knit your heart to God’s through the ACTS of prayer–adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication.  Too many prayers are simply to-do lists laid out to God.  Prayer is not to be treated as a spiritual genie that will magically cause God to answer your request.  Prayer is heart to heart with God.  Begin by acknowledging His great power, and then admit your failures, thank Him for his many favors in your life, and then, and only then, bring your requests before Him.  Prayer, knit in this manner, will not unravel.

 Jesus’ Question for Me: Have you experienced the  lasting joy of knitting your heart to God?

Jesus’ Promise to Me: God hears the heart to heart calls of His children.

My Prayer to God

I praise You for being concerned about my very life.

I am sorry I too often set aside my knitting lesson with You.

Thank you for picking up the dropped stitches of my life.

Help me to take many opportunity in each day to practice knitting my heart to Yours.

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