Ask, and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him.
I was thinking about this Scripture after I drove down one of the busier streets in my town. Well, not really ‘drove down’. It was stop and go the whole way.
I’d been out doing errands all day. Almost done with my list, a building traffic tie-up was really cramping my style. Annoyance reached up and grabbed me. “What’s the holdup here? Why aren’t we moving?”
At home finally, an hour later, I wondered why I was such a victim of my emotions. In the face of the traffic, why couldn’t I calm down and listen to the radio or something?
I asked: “Lord, I pray for your help all the time. Why didn’t you give me the grace to overcome?”
After a while, it came to me. When I first read the ‘seek, ask and knock’ Scripture passage, I thought God did all the work after I knocked. But that’s not quite true. Yes, if I ask, he’ll give me the grace to overcome my annoyance.
But he can’t use the grace for me. It’s up to me to find it and use it. We have to be partners in that power.
Sitting in the car on that busy street, I reacted like I was helpless. Anger was rising in me, and I let it take over. Anger was the enemy, but I led it right past the moat and into my castle. I didn’t offer any resistance at all.
Then this prayer came to me:
My Father, please give me the grace to recognize your grace. Then give me the grace to accept your grace. And finally, please give me the grace to use the grace you give me.
I had the tools to over come. God had given me the grace to rise above my irritation. I just didn’t take the time to summon that grace, and use it.
I tell you therefore: everything you ask and pray for, believe that you have it already, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
I can’t physically see grace to overcome, but Jesus says I have it already. And I trust Jesus’ word. When those crazy negative emotions come, I can stand firm, knowing that I have the power to keep them out.
Anger can’t mess with me. With grace in my soul, I’m in charge here. Anger isn’t.
God did his part, now it’s my turn. Time to rise above and conquer. Then, the peace of God, which no one understands, will reign in my heart.
Next time I feel that irritation growing, I know what to do. I’ll grab my grace, and tell that anger to get lost. With the Lord’s help, I’ll be the winner in this fight.
And I will be, every single time.
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