Today's Devotional

Crossing Cultural Divides
How can you cross cultural divides and engage with the strangers next door?

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Teach Us How to Pray

Heading upstairs to go to bed, my youngest son, when he was probably about ten years old, made a bold declaration: “When I grow up I'm going to get me a wife that can cook, clean, and wash my clothes!”
Imagine the fall‐out for any young man who, when meeting his future in‐laws for the first time, makes the following statement, “I want to marry your daughter so she can cook, clean, and wash my clothes.” The absurdity of a young man entering into a marriage just so that he can get what he wants from his wife is obvious.
But we don't seem to consider the absurdity of wanting a relationship with God just so that we can get what we want from Him. Here in the U.S. we “sell” people on Jesus based in large part on what Jesus can do to fix their problems. It's a lot easier to get people to say the “Sinner's Prayer” when their problems are overwhelming them.
And while it's true that Jesus does fix everything, if we don't go a little deeper with Jesus than just to change undesirable circumstances, we will end up in a relationship with Him where He is nothing more than a vending machine for our needs.
That kind of relationship doesn't work with a spouse. And it won't work with God.

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