双语灵修 | 马太福音 21:20-22

马太福音21:20-22

20门徒看见了,便希奇说:“无花果树怎么立刻枯干了呢?”21耶稣回答说:“我实在告诉你们:你们若有信心,不疑惑,不但能行无花果树上所行的事,就是对这座山说,‘你挪开此地,投在海里’,也必成就。22你们祷告,无论求什么,只要信,就必得着。”

在这一部分里,关于祷告耶稣是怎样教导我们的呢?首先也是最重要的,我们祷告时可以确信我们的祷告会被垂听。我们不应当只是在绝望的时候才祷告,比如当其他方法都失败了,我们没有其他选择的时候。像这样的从怀疑的心里发出的祷告,确实不配得到垂听。我们在任何场合都可以向神祷告,会因为他已经邀请我们向他祷告,并且应许会垂听我们的祷告。当我生病的时候我可以祷告,我身体好的时候也可以;当我破产的时候可以祷告,我什么都不缺的时候也可以;当我害怕的时候可以祷告,我平安时也可以。

但是今天经文里耶稣应许给他门徒的、关于祷告的“空白支票”又是什么样呢?我对我的孩子充满信任,因为他们已经长大成人,他们听从神的话语。我信任他们在生命里所做的决定,我并不急着给他们建议或指导,尽管我可能常常开口建议或指导他们。实际上,越来越多的时候我发现自己在寻求他们的意见。

同样,耶稣知道你的心,他知道你想神所想的事,他知道你按着神在你生命中的旨意而祷告。你不会仅仅是想看看是否真的发生,就求神把山扔在海里;你不会求神让你赢得彩票头等奖,因为你更愿意只是为你日用的饮食而祈求,既不太多也不太少。你向神祈求,是为了有益于你信心的事,有益于你家人和神国度的事。这就是为什么耶稣要赐给你关于祷告的奇妙应许。

祷告:主耶稣啊,我祷告并不是因为我必须祷告,而是因为你已经邀请我来满怀信心的祷告,我可以奉你的名为任何事祈求。求你赐我一颗祷告的心,使我满怀信心的、按着你恩慈的、美好的旨意祷告。我这样祈求是奉你的名,阿们。

Matthew 21:20-22: When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. 21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

        What does Jesus teach us about prayer in this section? First and foremost, we can pray with confidence that we will be heard. We should not pray just out of desperation, when all else has failed, when we have no other options. Such prayers from a doubting heart that does not deserve to be heard at all. We pray to God on every occasion because he has invited us to pray and promised to answer our prayers. I can pray when I am sick and when I am well, when I am bankrupt and when I am well provided for, when I am afraid and when I am at peace.

         But what about the blank check that Jesus promises to give to his disciples? I have great confidence in my children, who have grown to be responsible adults who listen to the Word of God. I trust the decisions they make in their lives. I do not feel compelled to give them advice or guidance, though I may open my mouth too often to do so.  In fact, more and more I find myself asking for their advice instead.

In the same way, Jesus knows your heart, and he knows that you want what God wants. You pray according to God’s will for your life. You don’t ask God to throw a mountain into the sea just to see if it will really happen. You don’t ask to win the jackpot, because you would prefer just your daily bread, which is neither too much or too little. You ask for those things that will work for the good of your faith and your family and God’s kingdom. That’s why Jesus gives you this wonderful promise of prayer.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I pray not because I must, but because you have invited me into your confidence to pray for whatever I might ask in your name.  Give me a heart that prays with confidence and that prays according to your gracious good will.  I ask this in your name. Amen.

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