Sometimes, even when we are very well in touch with our needs and wants, it's hard to know how to ask, or even what to ask, to get what we are looking for.

Maybe a good first request is for help in putting our questions into words, our feelings into verbal expression.

Reach out now to God and ask. Just ask, then see where the asking leads you.

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As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:6-7

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When I was a girl, my parents had a garden of vegetables and fruits. Dad would spend hours preparing the ground with a rototiller. A rototiller breaks up the ground so seeds can take root. If Dad simply dropped the seeds on the ground, nothing would grow.

So it is with faith.

A meaningless faith is dropped seeds on the ground — scattered by the wind or eaten up by the crows. When we don’t nurture faith with study, prayer, mission, and worship, we can fail to take root in God’s soil.

A meaningful faith is a rototilled garden — filled with hours of sweat, work, tears, and celebration. If you don’t believe me, ask a farmer to show you her prize beets. Notice the sweat on her brow and the smile on her face. A meaningful faith takes time. A meaningful faith isn’t easy, but it is oh-so-good. The harvest is bountiful, and when we remember our labor, we beam at God’s goodness and growth in our lives.

Katie McKown

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God, nurture a rooted faith in me. Then help me grow to yield a great harvest. Amen.

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Go ahead and ask.
Just ask,
Then see where the asking takes you.

You may learn the answers are
Just what you hope for.

You may just as likely find your way
To even more questions.

In either case, keep asking.
Just ask,
Then see where the asking takes you.

Katie McKown

Katie McKown serves as pastor of Scottsville Baptist Church in Scottsville, Virginia. Katie loves the church, reading, traveling, Washington Nationals baseball, and general merriment and fun.

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