Monday of Pentecost – Prayer of the Week

O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Did you ever have one of those relatives who gave you gifts which reflected their intent for you more than they reflected what you wanted? We used to have a distant relative who would give us healthy snacks at Christmas. I think my mom was always a little put out by that and now that I think on it, I can see why. This woman was probably making a judgment of my mom’s parenting decisions by her gifting choice. I did not think that then. I do remember my dad and us kids having to make our way through a large can of unsalted, roasted soybeans one year. It did feel a little like duty instead of delight.

We pray in this prayer that we have a right understanding all things and evermore rejoice in the Holy Spirit’s consolation. Why do we have to pray for that? Is His consolation a little like a healthy snack? Do we need learn to like it? Would our fallen human nature likely prefer another consolation, a less holy consolation? I have come to prefer an apple to a candy bar in my maturity. I will sometimes still indulge in the sweet though. The Spirit brings us into fellowship with the Father and the Son. He empowers our forgiveness and keeps us in the true faith. Is that just so much better than what I might normally pray for?

I often want God to do something. Usually when I am feeling threatened or afraid. God normally does not do what I want Him to do. He does something better. Pray today for a right understanding but, more importantly, pray that God shapes you and your will to desire and rejoice in the blessings which He brings.

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