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Monday, May 3, 2021

Asking for Help

May 3

(Acts 9:38 NIV) ““Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, "Please come at once!””

(Matthew 15:21-22 NIV) ““Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. {22} A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.””

(Matthew 17:14-15 NIV) ““When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. {15} "Lord, have mercy on my son," he said. "He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water.””

(Luke 8:40-42 NIV) “Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. {41} Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house {42} because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.”

Tabitha, also known as Dorcas, had some friends who were very wise. When she got sick and died, they appealed to Peter for God’s help. It’s always good to ask God for help. Why then, is that so hard for us to do? Where did our “I can handle it myself” attitude come from? It starts early in life. We hear kids who are barely three years old saying, “I can do it myself.” It is an innate flaw. It is part of our fallen human nature. And it’s a killer. It isolates us from others and weakens us. It also denies others the joy of helping us. So we must fight against our tendency to not ask for help. If we don’t, we set ourselves up to fail, and eventually, we will even push God out of our lives. Tabitha’s friends asked for help. They did the right thing. Be wise and do the same. Learn to ask for help. It will change your life! It may even save your life. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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