The Giver or the Gift?

It starts with a meal out at a restaurant.  Most people go to be served; my husband goes to serve.  He usually always asks our waitress, “When we pray for our meal in a minute, I’d like to include you in my prayer.  How can I pray for you?”  Most servers are shocked by this question.  Some answer,
 “Wow.  I’ve never had anyone ask me that before.  Let me think…” 
Then they proceed to think through their list of needs.  More often than not, they will conclude,
“Everything’s good right now. I can’t think of anything I need.” 
Some will say,
“Just pray my family will be healthy” or “I could use some money.” 

Many people see God as the giver of gifts instead of the Gift itself.

I love what the psalmist wrote in Psalm 43:4a:

Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy:

He understood that God wasn’t merely like genie in a bottle who bestowed joy on people.  He IS our joy!  He doesn’t dole out nice loving feelings; He is love!  He is the beginning of all that is good and perfect.  One good prayer request we could all pray would be to ask to be keenly aware of how precious a gift our God is to us.  Ponder all that He has done for you and your heart will be full and overflowing!

What starts out with a meal and a simple question, leads to an opportunity to share the Gift with our server.  You and I must first realize what a wonderful possession we have in Christ so that we are ready to share Him with others.  Let me ask you, What is He to you? 

How can I pray for you today?

With love,

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