Lent Day 4.
In case your paying attention, we skipped Day 3. I wrote, but nothing much came from it. So onto to Day 4.
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13-14
Really? Anything? I’ve grown up in church. I’ve heard teaching on every interpretation of this. But today, I decided to take Jesus at His word, His simple word. I decided not to over analyze these words too much, but to just sit for a moment and write every thing I would really like to see Jesus do.
I imagined I would be writing a long time, that I would include the name of everyone I knew that needed physical and emotional healing. I thought I might spend hours in the cozy comforts of my bed on this cold winter morning surrounded by my dogs, my daughter, and my favorite coffee mug. I thought the list of “asking anythings” would begin in NYC, go through through middle America from Ohio down to Texas, west to San Diego, and then literally jump the ocean to friends in the East, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and even London. (Hope you made list!)
But when I actually SLOWED DOWN to listen to the hopes of my heart, I didn’t find all the world tucked away. I waited, pushing myself to come up with other hopes and dreams of my heart. Of course, I long for an end to poverty and injustice and I wish for kindness to triumph over evil once and for all. But if I’m honest, and I could really ask Jesus for anything in all the world, I would only ask for the fulfillment of these four hopes of my heart.
So, deep breath…my “ask anything” prayers…
- Open doors for Anna’s next steps in life.
- Give Matthew Columbia Secondary for Middle School.
- Provide the stage Kori is ready for and a soccer team that opens doors for college and a soul mate/best friend in this season of life that also knows you.
- Give David a place of influence and success so that he may train and empower teachers to teach your children.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Go ahead. Slow down and do not fear. Remember the squirrel? What does your heart hope for? Ask anything…in Jesus’ name. Amen.