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Knocking On God's Door
                                                                                    June 8, 2016

Dear Friends,

I was on my way to Stilly's Auto in Lisbon.  My daughter's car was overdue for
its annual emissions test.  I wafted up a prayer asking God for a small favor.
"Please Lord, let it pass."  It wasn't the first time that morning that I had
knocked on God's door.

As I got in the car I noticed the gas tank was empty.  I looked up and said,
"God, please get me to the gas station."  After filling up the car my mind
drifted to a conversation I had with a contractor.  We were waiting for an
estimate.  I said, "Please Lord, don't let it be too much."

It seems like I've been calling on God a lot lately.  Every day I ask for
something. Sometimes it is "job related."  As a Pastor I am always asking
God to bring healing, comfort, strength, wisdom and encouragement to
the people I know.  That's a big part of my calling.

Yesterday it dawned on me that I've been asking for more personal favors
than normal.  I felt a little guilty.  We've got a lot going on.  We are trying to
sell our home.  My daughter and her friends are with us and making plans
for the future.

I've been asking God for everything from help for my daughter to get a job,
to praying for good weather so I can get some painting done.  It seems like
I can't get through a day without asking God for something I need.  Do you
think it is it bad to ask God for things?

Matthew 7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock
and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who
seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Does that
justify my asking?

The truth is that it depends on your relationship to Him.  The Bible tells us
that God loves you and me.  He is crazy about us.  God wants to be part of
our lives.  He wants to walk with us as we experience the ups and downs of life.  
He wants to be part of every conversation.

I guess it's okay to ask.  He always gives us what we need.  When we don't always
get what we ask for, we simply need to trust that God has something different,
something better, in store for us.  It isn't really about the asking.  It is all about the
relationship.  So keep on walking with God and trust Him to do what He does.

God bless!  See you in church.
Cal
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