“For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Luke 11:10
There is nothing more difficult than to ask. We will long and desire and crave and suffer, but not until we are at the extreme limit will we ask. A sense of unreality makes us ask. Have you ever asked out of the depths of moral poverty? “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God….” — but be sure that you do lack wisdom. You cannot bring yourself up against Reality when you like. The next best thing to do if you are not spiritually real, is to ask God for the Holy Spirit on the word of Jesus Christ (Luke 11:13). The Holy Spirit is the One Who makes real in you all that Jesus did for you.
“For every one that asketh receiveth.” This does not mean you will not get if you do not ask (Matt. 5:45), but until you get to the point of asking you won’t receive from God. To receive means you have come into the relationship of a child of God, and now you perceive with intelligent and moral appreciation and spiritual understanding that these things come from God.
“If any of you lack wisdom…” If you realize you are lacking, it is because you have come in contact with spiritual reality; do not put your reasonable blinkers on again. People say — Preach us the simple gospel: don’t tell us we have to be holy, because that produces a sense of abject poverty, and it is not nice to feel abjectly poor. “Ask” means beg. Some people are poor enough to be interested in their poverty, and some of us are like that spiritually. We will never receive if we ask with an end in view; if we ask, not out of our poverty but out of our lust. A pauper does not ask from any other reason than the abject panging condition of his poverty, he is not ashamed to beg. Blessed are the paupers in spirit. – Oswald Chambers
Over the last number of years, we have devoted the Lord’s day afternoons in June for special prayer, concentrating on our city, province and nation. This year we want to focus on the needs of our own ministry in the both church and school. We encourage each family to participate.
Sunday School Summer Schedule
Starting next week, July 2nd, all Sunday School programs will commence at 11:00a.m. This will give our teachers a break over the summer months.
Following the morning service, on July 2nd, we would like to take the opportunity to have fellowship over lunch. If you are able to stay, we would ask that you bring one hot dish and one dessert. Beverages, salad and rolls will be provided. We look forward to this special time.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Please remember Jean Bynoe, Norm Lanting’s father. Hyacinth Robinson-Powell, Francesca Fernandes, Jenny Tian and Anne Rogerson.
Pray for Our Seniors
Florence Chung, Mary Long, Margaret Schenk and Yvonne Postill.