March 22, 2021

Opening Doors

This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.
Psalm 34:6
Knock and the door will be opened unto you
Since the pandemic began, people have been isolated. Some pastors hear very little from their congregations. Many church members have not been communicating with each other. Under these circumstances, it's difficult to know what people need, and how those needs are being met.

This should help us see the need for prayer. If we realize that we have to talk to each other, how much more do we need to talk to God? This takes us from an attitude where things just occur, to a deep understanding of how God is with us, part and parcel of all that happens.

Crying out, asking, searching, knocking—these are all ways we learn about each other. That's why they make such easy-to-understand metaphors for prayer. Instead of worrying about the methods that don't work, God invites us to discover what does—and to change it up as our situation changes. We often say that Prayer changes things, but let's also remember that Prayer itself changes; as our needs change, so does the way we make them known.

For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
 Luke 11:10
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
 Book of Common Prayer
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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