Last week in our small group we were talking about the message from last Sunday. Pastor Josh Finley shared a simple but profound truth that in order to move from being a taker to a giver there is a very important middle step needed – receiving!
In our group we talked about how all too often we just go about our lives without consciously receiving what God wants to give us. God didn’t stop with salvation alone. He also gives us every spiritual blessing. He offers hope, freedom, guidance, friendship, deliverance and more.
Since it was our last meeting before summer we were going to have communion together. When it came time the Holy Spirit prompted me that it would be a good idea for each of us to ask God what He wanted us to receive from Him while we were taking communion together. Everyone agreed and in the end we were so glad we did as God met us individually in surprising ways. We took a little time to ask God personally what He wanted us to ask Him for and as we went around the room we all shared what God had put on our hearts.
Personally, I have been going through a transition season so what I thought I would hear God say is that I should ask Him for a plan or maybe a team. What I did feel like He put in my heart to ask for was different. It’s actually one of my favorites – peace. Peace that passes understanding has come to my rescue on many many occasions. It transcends logic, it overrides reason. It is supernatural and it was mine for receiving.
The next person after me was a bit sheepish. She had thought God would give her my word and have her ask for peace in the midst of what she was going through. Instead she felt like He was encouraging her to ask for and receive success. How cool is that!?!
Then came a request to receive humility, it was beautiful how he explained his need to receive grace to receive all God had for him. This was followed by a request for good health. How often do we miss out on what He wants to give us by not asking or pressing through in prayer?
Confident joy was the next request. I loved how she phrased that. Confident joy is not superficial or circumstantial, but based on who He is no matter what we are feeling or what is happening to us.
The last one was my favorite. A request was made to receive a reset. I had never heard that before and think I will adopt that into my regular prayer vocabulary. The way I see it a reset is when you get a fresh start with new perspective. In a video game you can get a new life and retain the benefits of what you learned in the last life. I’d like a reset. There are plenty of times I want a do over and God provides a way for me to start fresh every day.
How about you? What do you need to receive from God? Go ahead – ask Him! The answer may be different than you think!