Devotional | Sacred Conduits
Jesus speaking… “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:7-11 NASB)
Here Jesus gives us a clear teaching about the Father, and how He answers our prayers and responds to those who persistently ask, seek and knock. The grammar of the original text is in sthe present continuous - highlighting the need for persistence in prayer. Interestingly the next verse begins with the word ‘therefore’, which explicitly ties Jesus’ teaching on answered prayer with the following…
(v.12 NKJV) Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Whatever I want ‘men’ to do to me, I must do to them? … but I thought we were talking about praying to God and His promise of answering our prayers?
Slow down and look carefully - Jesus is telling us that God will answer our prayers, and He will use people to get to us, what we ask of Him. People are God’s conduits through which He releases His blessings to us. He blesses us, but uses people to do it. Therefore if we break a relationship or a friendship we are effectively eliminating a possible sacred conduit, through which our prayers could be answered.
This means that respecting, nurturing and even investing in right relationships, is as important as our prayers themselves. Our relationships are vital for our prayers to be effectively answered - People are sacred conduits. But not all see the sanctity of relationships. Many do not honor relationships - some ‘use’ relationships and others even descend to abusing them.
Relationships are sacred. But few choose to believe this, thus Jesus continues to say in the following verses…
(v.13-14 NKJV) “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
How Interesting - Jesus is talking about the few who choose the ‘Narrow Way’ of the few who recognise the sacredness of relationships, ‘Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life’..! Keeping good relations may be difficult but it leads to life.
For years I thought that this scripture primarily spoke of those going to Heaven or Hell, but Jesus is speaking about the ‘Few’ who cherish and nurture relationships and the ‘Many’ who don’t..! The few who recognise that all those around us are actually sacred conduits will find life..!
Destruction is the fruit of broken relationships, but respected and nurtured relationships bring us life. Let us commit ourselves to see our relationships with those around us in a new light. Ask God to become aware of the Sacred Conduits in your life.