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“Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’

“The friend answers from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door’s locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’

“But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need.

“Here’s what I’m saying:
Ask and you’ll get;
Seek and you’ll find;
Knock and the door will open. – Jesus (Luke 11:5-9 The Message Bible)

Many know the last part of this verse but are unaware it is only the conclusion to the first — the part about a man so desperate he wakes up the neighborhood to get what he needs!

Sometimes we don’t get desperate enough to get prayer answered.

A pastor friend once revealed that when asked by someone if God is calling him/her into missions he always says “No”. For most that is enough but some come back and ask him to pray again because they really think they are called. He said those are the ones he prays with.

Some needs or holy desires require an intensity for fulfillment. I think this is the usefulness of fasting, not as a religious practice but to personally desire something so much you pray and cry out to God for it instead of eat.

— fritz@langgang.com

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Dance Partners

Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. – Jeremian 31:13

I know just enough about dancing with a partner to recognize it is an autonomous voluntary participation between two people, each receiving something from it and having a desire to keep it going.   When done correctly it has just the right mix of both expectation and surprise to keep it interesting.

It’s a good life metaphor.   Businesses and customers do a “dance” — one moves the other responds — as often said, “it takes two to tango!”   In this arena the “dance” is usually short-term with a lot of stepping on toes.

It is beautiful to see two partners experienced with each other enough to make it flow gracefully.   Marriage is to be like that — a long-term dance — he moves she responds, she moves he responds with just the right mix of both expectation and surprise to keep it interesting.

God comes to “dance!” He extends his hand and if engaged he moves we respond, we move he responds — an eternal dance with just the right mix of both expectation and surprise to keep it interesting.

Question: Have you thought of being in a “dance” with God?

– fritz

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Desires can be Good.

“If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work” – 1st Timothy 3:1

I have been in churches where expressing a desire to lead made one suspect. Everyone just knew a calling was something not to desire but surrender under duress.

Paul had no such ideas. God moves through holy desire, and so should we.

– fritz

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