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Joy and prayer

If you discover a good thing, don’t you want more
and more of it? Discover a good TV show, or website,
or a fun place or fun people - you look for more of the
same. That’s exactly the point of Isaiah 61 and 62.
Jesus Christ is so good: he brings healing to our broken
hearts, freedom, comfort to our mourning, joy, security,
in a world where we thought such things were impossible.
If you get it - you crave more.

That’s what it says in 62:6-7:

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest,
and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth.”

Prayer is about recognising God as the one who can and does give good things, and simply asking him for them. In other words, it’s the expression of our faith: we believe he’s good, so we’ll ask him for more. Why do we pray so little? Because we forget how good he is!

So here’s a challenge for this week: take time daily to think about how good Jesus is. (Isaiah 61:1-3 should help if you’re stuck.) Then respond with prayer, asking for more of his blessings.

Could it be that our frustrations are because we fail to really pray? God wants us to ask, like a child wearing out a parent asking for a gift. We need to learn to pray until we’re worn out praying, until we wear God out with prayers! That’s what he wants from us.