Monday, January 4, 2016

A Rich Relationship with Jesus

This morning, as I was searching for information on Sarah Young the author of Jesus Calling: Morning and Evening Devotions, one of the devotional books I am reading this year, I came across a current Interview with Sarah Young done by BibleGateway. One thing she said in the interview that stood out to me was "A rich relationship with Jesus is much more than presenting Him with a list of requests."

What Young said stuck with me throughout the day as I ran errands. Too many of us think praying is just about asking God for stuff as if He is a genie in a bottle. I used to be that way. I thought when one prayed they had to ask for something. Growing up we are told that we had to pray every day so I grew up thinking I had to always ask something of Jesus, even if I had to think of the lamest request like, "Please, don't have Mom make peas with dinner tonight."  Over the years, I have learned that yes, we should pray continuously, but we don't have to always ask Jesus for something, especially if we have to rack our our brain for a request.

Now, I will try to sit in silent prayer at l least once a day and ask Jesus if there is anything He wants to tell me. It's not as easy as it sounds. I don't know about everyone else but I have a monkey brain that wants to jump around to tasks I need to do and I am constantly having to rein in my thoughts to concentrate only on Jesus. I know that alone will not create a rich relationship with Jesus. One must diligently read His Word and imprint it on one's heart. I, for one love His Word; its lights my path (Psalm 119: 105). I want a rich relationship with Jesus and I am striving for it. I love Jesus so much that I can't believe how much time I wasted over the years not seeking that richer relationship that Jesus wants with all of us.

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.- Deuteronomy 8:3 (NIV)

Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" -Matthew 4:4 (NIV)

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