She* wakes and welcomes the day with singing. When she tires of singing, she calls out, “Daddy!” who takes her from her crib so they can make breakfast together.
Their father/daughter relationship exemplifies how to begin each day with Father God:
*She is our 2 year old granddaughter, Talia.
The disciples said, “Increase our faith!”
Jesus answered, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed . . . (Luke 17 : 5-6)”
A mustard seed as about as big as a period .
Believe the Bible is true and pray accordingly .
Bow before God, not only for what you can get, but also for what you’ve already been given.
One, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving glory to God (from Luke 17:15-16).
Jesus was teaching. She was there. He saw her, bent over and suffering, and He healed her (read the whole story in Luke 13:10-17).
Jesus notices need, even before we pray.
Save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever (Psalm 28:9, bold mine).
These few words make a powerful prayer.
When Jesus spoke to people about praying, he used the Greek word aetio (to ask). “Ask and it will be given to you (Matthew 7:7).”
Aetio suggests the attitude of a suppliant, the petition of one who is lesser in position than the one to whom he prays.*
*adapted from Vines Complete Expository Dictionary.
The heading over Luke 8 jumped out at me: Women Accompanying Jesus.* I stopped to think. I pray as though Jesus were coming along with me.
But as He goes proclaiming and bringing the good news (Luke 8:1), I am following Him.
This perspective changes my prayers.
*from Crossway’s Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition, p.1290.