Forty Days of Prayer – Day 16
In one of my earlier blogs I spoke on the passage from Luke 11 where Jesus speaks to us and says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Today we hear Jesus on the other side of the door, and today He is knocking.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)
Prayer as God intended is never meant to be a one-sided conversation. In this passage speaking to the Church, more specifically here to the church in Laodicea, Jesus is knocking and speaking.
Jesus wants us to open the door in prayer and welcome Him into our hearts and lives. One of the problems with our modern world is that we are so busy and have so many distractions that all too often we never hear Jesus knocking and calling our names. Prayer is meant to be a moment when you stop with all of the busyness and the sounds of the world and listen to the voice of Jesus.
Another part of this verse that I love is the reminder that Jesus wants to eat with us. So often in the scriptures Jesus looks forward to the day when we eat with Him face to face. When thousands came to Him without food at the end of the day and they were hungry, Jesus fed them. In Church Jesus invites us to eat from His gracious hands in Holy Communion. As we are being fed He wants us to know that this is a foretaste of the feast that will come in heaven. In a similar way, prayer is a foretaste of heaven when we can look at our Lord, and hear His voice speak to each and every one of us.
In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave
Dear Lord, I open the door in prayer so that You come and eat with me. Feed my soul with words that bring life, even life abundantly. Help me to hear Your voice each and every day. Amen.