10 “For this is what the Lord says: ‘When Babylon’s seventy years are completed, I’ll take note of you and will fulfill my good promises to you by bringing you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for well-being, and not for calamity, in order to give you a future and a hope. 12 When you call out to me and come and pray to me, I’ll hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. 14 I’ll be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I’ll restore your security and gather you from all the nations and all the places to which I’ve driven you,’ declares the Lord. ‘I’ll bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.’ (Jeremiah 29:10-14, International Standard Version).
So, why do I need to pray if God already knows what I want before I ever ask?
Well, the short answer is, “Because God said to pray.” OK, I answered the question, lets move on. No, just kidding though God did says so.
When our boys were younger and still at home, they wanted a Nintendo and their own television. Cindy and I talked about it and decided they needed to buy them for themselves. They set themselves to the task they had in front of them. They worked hard, saved then pooled their money and bought both themselves.
Cindy and I felt it was important for them to learn. They did. We were quite proud of them. We bought them both a game or they would have had a television and a Nintendo that looked really good sitting there but could do night.
Sometime in the last year I attended something and a speaker said, we should never ask God to give us something or do something that we are capable of obtaining ourselves. That spoke to me at the time. The more I have thought about it, the more enlightening I found the statement to be.
As I think about our situation during the midst of this pandemic. I am not capable of coming up with a vaccine to further prevent infection… I am not capable of arriving at a treatment plan so people get better and the sooner that happens the sooner we can get ourselves back to something closer to what we know.
I am so impressed as I watch the news and travel around town to see the number of people who are out there doing what they can to make a difference. And, I have thought about it this way. What people are doing, just may be using them to make a difference for someone else in this difficult time.
Have a blessed day in the Lord,
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