July 13, Thursday

Today’s AMI QT Devotional is written by Pastor Jason Sato of OTR, Cincinnati.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY

Welcomed by God

Mark 2:1-4 (ESV)

And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. [2] And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. [3] And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. [4] And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.

Many of us are familiar with the story of the paralyzed man who was lowered through a roof.  The faith of his friends seems central to the miracle and, of course, it is important.  Yet what often goes less appreciated is the incredible hospitality of Jesus.

Prior to our passage, Jesus is constantly surrounded by people, whether in the city or even in desolate places.  He returns home to Capernaum for some much needed rest (v. 1), but then the world discovers His hideout and fills every corner of His private space.  And when the four friends of the paralytic make a large hole in Jesus’ roof, He notices first their incredible faith.

At times, we are tempted to believe that we are a nuisance to God—He is busy and we are unimportant, even apart from our sin and rebelliousness.  But Jesus opens His home, gladly gives us His time.  He is attentive to our needs and delights in opportunities to minister to us.

Of course, there are other times when we are too busy for Him.  Yet in these times, Jesus stands at the door and knocks.  To anyone who opens the door, He offers to share a fellowship meal with them.

This morning, the offer of God still stands.  Jesus is available for those who seek Him. And He is knocking and calling for those of us who are not.  Child of God, He is waiting for you.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I love You.  I love Your presence.  I love that You are my God and I am Your child.  Give me grace to bring all that is on my heart and mind to You.  Free my heart to seek and find You. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Joshua 11


Lunch Break Study

Read Luke 11:9-13 (ESV): And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. [10] For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. [11] What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; [12] or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? [13] If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

Question to Consider

  1. Why does the Father command us to ask, seek, and knock?
  2. What will the Father certainly give us when we ask for it?
  3. Why does the Father give this gift?

Notes

  1. The Father commands us to ask, seek, and knock because He will (and wants to!) answer our prayers.
  2. The Father will give His Holy Spirit to those who ask.
  3. The Father loves to give good gifts to His children, so He wants to give the gift of His presence to us through the Holy Spirit.

Evening Reflection

Reflect on your day.  What worries and concerns did you remember?  What joys and blessings did you experience?  Share these things with the Father.

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