God is Our Abba: Who Gives Us the Best Gift on the Support-Raising Journey

 

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:11-13 (NIV)

Daddy is such an intimate title and the word that Jesus chooses to show the depth of our relationship with God. Luke 11 teaches us the Lord’s Prayer and then goes on to explain the wonderful truth of what it means to be able to trust our heavenly Daddy with all our daily needs as we live righteously for Him. However, Luke 11:11-13 is often misinterpreted—even by Christians—and the support-raising journey can fuel our frustration, if we’re not grounded in the right perspective.

When our eyes are set on money, what happens when we continually call out to God for money and it’s not received in the timing we expect? Discouragement can set in when we compare our journey to someone else’s or covet the materialism of the world. It can feel as though everyone else is asking for money and getting it, but we’re being handed a snake instead.

The tendency is to assume the greatest gift on the support-raising journey is money. That’s wrong and a culturally driven perspective. Sure, money is obviously the need that is worked toward, but God isn’t ignorant to that fact. However, our want to sustain a worldly image doesn’t equal what God should give us as a gift. Our Daddy has our needs covered—that’s exactly what the Lord’s Prayer declares. He desires what’s best for us. Therefore, He has given us an even greater gift than what we could ever fathom—the Holy Spirit.

What does the gift of the Holy Spirit mean to us on the support-raising journey? He takes our steps of obedience and changes our heart. Relax. He’s got all the other stuff taken care of. Growing in intimacy with our Daddy and being transformed into His likeness are the greatest things that could ever happen on any journey that God takes you on. In all the noise and chaos the support-raising journey creates and in all the worldly concepts that challenges the simplicity of our needs, this truth should not be missed.

Dear God, Help me to learn what it means to sacrificially live in obedience to you and understand the difference between what the world demands of me and what is truly needed. I praise you for knowing what I need and caring for me as my Heavenly Daddy who gave me the best gift of all. Amen

God is Our Intercessor: The Groaning That Covers Our Support-Raising Journey

 

“In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express.  And God, who sees into our hearts, knows what the thought of the Spirit is; because the Spirit pleads with God on behalf of his people and in accordance with his will.” Romans 8:26-27 (GNT)

There are many things I don’t know, and sometimes words are one of them. Thankfully, that’s okay. In fact, God promises that our silence in prayer is not inactivity. While we are still before God, the Holy Spirit is at work, speaking for us and pleading on our behalf. Praise God that I have an advocate who wants what is best for me! As I listen and allow Him to work, I’m then given His knowledge and my stubborn will is aligned with God’s perfect plan.

On the support-raising journey, we have lots of requests—most of them dealing with money. That’s okay. God asks for us to come before His throne of grace with confidence and lay all of our requests at His feet. That intimacy with the One and only God is a beautiful gift. However, we often go before Him and then hang on to our requests with clenched fists instead of laying them down and allowing the Holy Spirit do His work.

When things aren’t going according to my plans, my words and prayers are often like clanging gongs and are laced with fear. This often leads to frustration and tears. However, I’ve learned that my tears are not bad, because this posture often forces me into a wordless silence. I have learned—and am still learning—that my requests are heard and that God takes it from there. For what I don’t know, He knows in abundance. This truth allows me to be joyful in God’s presence and at peace on my journey, because I know that He is at work and cares.

  1. Praise God for His wonderful gift of intercession!
  2. After you’ve made your requests before God, be silent and listen. Allow God to give you His knowledge and align your will with His.