Dear church,

“She said to him, ‘Give me a blessing.’” – Joshua 15:19

Caleb knew his daughter wanted something the moment she got off her donkey. She got down to business: “Give me a blessing.” It was a request from a daughter. Men regularly did this kind of thing. But this was the family of God. Caleb agreed. Achsah now had water for her land.

Is there any one of us who is not capable of seeking out blessings from God? The wonderful good news of the Old Testament – and the New – is anyone can come to the Father. The world will tell us Christianity is full of patriarchy. But we know “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). In the grand story of salvation, anyone can come to the Father to seek the blessing of eternal life. Our backgrounds and our social standing do not matter.

This relates to our prayers, of course. We may think God does not want to hear from us. We’ve sinned too much. Perhaps he does want us to make changes in our lives. But he also wants us to come to him for help. He always is listening, and he rewards those who persistently seek him out for the blessing.

Please remember: The blessing may take a surprising form! 


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