The Beggar in Us All

Why do we pray? If everything we need has already been provided, shouldn’t we just live in that?

A few years ago I toured our nations capital, the seat of power for all Western nations. I toured the National Archives, Lincoln Memorial, and American Museum of History. I watched dozens of people take shots of the White House, Congress, and the National Mall. Yet, each of them, myself included, ignored the homeless and beggars on the street. I watched as people looked over them.

No one saw him.  My heart was suddenly heavy with the irony. Here I was in our nations capital and a hungry man was lost. I believe that sometimes we may be in that very place. We are surrounded by the exterior (and beautiful) trappings of our faith, but we fail to see the poverty of our own need.

We are those beggars. We are living in hidden spiritual poverty. How do we fill up? We fill up in His presence. In Romans 8:5, Paul says, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”

Three questions to ask ourselves:

1. If your palms were held up, what does Jesus pour into them today?

2. What might it mean to come confidently into God’s presence?

3. What would it look like to empty yourself, so that Jesus can pour in?

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. —Ephesians 3:12

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