Dave Short

Chicago, Illinois

National director of Campus Alpha, part of the Alpha Course

 

 

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Mar312011

Pursuit 

"For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he (Josiah) began to seek the God of his father David…" 

—2 Chronicles 34:3 

When I was first getting to know my wife, Valerie, anyone could tell that I really desired a relationship with her.   Valerie and her roommates lived a long distance off the main streets of Plainview, Texas.  But no matter where I was headed, I would always find an excuse to drive by her house, hoping to find her at home.  "Why Dave, this is a surprise!" she would exclaim.  Not wanting to reveal my true intention, I would tell her, "I was in the neighborhood and thought I would drop by."  My desire for Valerie was only matched by my pursuit of her. 

In Hebrews 11:6 the writer says, "…anyone who comes to [God] must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."  God seldom rewards indifferent individuals.  The proof of your desire for God is your pursuit of Him.  God is not remote or inaccessible.  The Bible confirms that all believers can approach God’s presence with confidence (Hebrews 4:16; Eph. 3:12).  However, equal access does not add up to equal reward. If we want God’s provision we must earnestly pursue and ask for it (James 5:17,18).

Josiah realized as a young man that he desperately needed God’s involvement if things were going to change in his nation.  So Josiah decided to seek God’s help and depend on God for direction and guidance.  If America is to change it must first start in prayer.  God is looking for young men and woman just like Josiah who are determined to seek Him with all their heart and ready to respond in obedience when He speaks.

Prayer is a vital element of running an Alpha Course.  Personal and corporate prayer is essential for any lasting change.

Go For It!

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