Keep praying church, God is moving! Where is He moving? In the lives of His people that are praying and seeking His face. The emails, phone calls, Facebook messages, and face-to-face conversations I am having with many of you are so encouraging! First Baptist Mansfield is not a perfect church, but it is a church with a LOT of wonderful, God-fearing members, that God has a plan to use in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead!
Take note that Nehemiah had prayed for months and when it came time to make his request to the King, he had specific requests. He asked to be able to go to Judah and rebuild his hometown and he had a particular time period in mind. He also requested letters for safe passage, and for timber to rebuild the gates. The king granted all of these requests and even gave him more than he asked for (we will talk about this Sunday). If this pagan king responded in such a way, how much more can the King of Kings meet our specific needs when we ask?
I am reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:7–11
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
The words in RED are the imperatives, the commands we are to follow. Ask, Seek, and Knock, then see what God does!
Have an awesome Thursday!