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“I received another valuable instruction from Matthew’s gospel this morning,” Stan began.
“What did you see this time?” I asked.
“The importance of not only asking the right question, but the importance of asking the right person.”
Continuing, he said, “The part of Matthew’s gospel I was journaling about had to do with when Jesus was on the mount of transfiguration with three of the disciples. The rest of the disciples had been left below. And that is where a problem arose.”
“What sort of problem?” I asked.
“There was a father with a very sick son. He had asked the disciples who did not go up on the mountain to cure him, but they couldn’t. Why they couldn’t is a subject for another day. Now I want to focus on the wise patience of the boy’s father.”
“And,” he continued, “the importance of asking the right person. In this instance, the father, rather than stomping away mad at the disciples’ failure to cure his son, waited until Jesus showed up. When Jesus got there, the father approached Him and asked Him to heal his son.”
“Not only did Jesus heal the man’s son,” Stan said, “He gave me an essential lesson about who I ask to do what. People have obvious limitations in what they can do; God does not. If I trust in and rely on people I am likely to be severely disappointed.”
Stan then added, “God does not disappoint. And it is essential for me that I do not let my disappointment in others interfere with my approaching and asking the only right One!”
When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, “Lord have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.” Matthew 17:14-16.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you allow me to come before you with all of my needs and requests. I confess that sometimes I do not come to you, but that I seek answers from others who do not have answers. Please forgive me. And please draw me ever closer to you so that you are the only one I trust to answer whatever may be before me. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.