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NOW YOU WANT MY HELP

 Jeremiah 21:1-2 “1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur the son of Malchijah, and Zephaniah the priest, the son of Maaseiah, saying, 2 ‘Please inquire of the Lord on our behalf, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is warring against us; perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to all His wonderful acts, so that the enemy will withdraw from us.’”

TOO LATE NOW

 We are just like Zedekiah.  We hear the message from the Lord over and over again warning us to repent and return to the Lord, but we ignore it.  Until…calamity hits.  I still recall the prayer service held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. after the terror attack on 9/11.  The whole country seemed to turn to God.  Prayer was okay in places that day even though prayer was outlawed in the same places the day before.

Do we really think God is that gullible? Do we think we can manipulate God into doing what WE want Him to do?  God has given us His Word to show us how to live.  We can’t wait for tragedy to strike to turn to Him.  It’s too late then.

TEACHING MOMENT

The lesson for our children in these verses is to not wait until tragedy strikes to reach out to God.  We need to teach them to develop a daily relationship with their Heavenly Father.  They need to be in daily communication with Him.  He wants to work in their lives every day, not just when crises occur.

Compare it to your relationship with them.  Ask them how they  would feel if the only time you talked to them was when you needed something from them.  I bet your son or daughter would say, “That would be awful!” Sure it would.  We talk to our children every day.  They talk to you every day.

So, when do you reach out to the Father?  Is it only when you need something?  Is it only when you run up against a wall and need help?  Talk to Him daily.  Let Him know what you are doing today.  He is interested in every aspect of your life.

Forgive me Father, of not talking to You more.  Forgive me of only reaching out to You when I need something.  I want to thank You for all You do for me on a daily basis.

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