Prayer: O Lord, may we be so filled with Your power and presence, that we can forget everything else that is happening around us. Help us to concentrate upon asking not just the good questions but the great questions which enable us to truly enter into Your holy presence, even as Jesus did. Amen.
St. Luke 2: 41-52
This one all too brief story of Jesus coming of age, is all we know about the time between birth and the beginning of his ministry. What a thrill it must have been to be in the
Holy City, to see the temple, to listen to the teachers of the law, and to have his questions answered by the most learned minds in Judea! We know Jesus had the ability to see into human relationships, to observe the natural world, and a passion for the Scriptures….but in the temple we find him asking questions which caused the teachers to marvel and his understanding. “Hearing and asking questions” was the phrase used to explain the process for s student learning from a teacher, so we may assume that other than being there when everyone else had returned to Galilee, Jesus appeared as any other young student of the law, as Stephen or Paul might have appeared had they been there eagerly learning all they could about God. Such eagerness is needed today as well. What are you eagerly seeking to learn about God? Peter Marshall suggested that it would be beneficial if the members of the church conducted research on how God answered prayer and met the needs of his people. That could be a major study project for each one of us, to eagerly see how God answers our needs.
Prayer: We eagerly await the outpouring of Your spirit O God. Make us eager to learn of Your Word, Your power and Your might as well as Your ability to bring out the best in us. Help make us into examples of those who increase in wisdom and in who the divine favour rests, as it did in Jesus Your son in whose name we pray. Amen.