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Faithfully... Just Ask God!

Ruth 3:6-9 New International Version (NIV)

So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do. When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!

“Who are you?” he asked. “I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer[a] of our family.”

Tues. November 10 In chapter 2 of this short book Boaz helped Ruth and prayed a blessing over her. Now, Ruth is returning with a proposal: “Boaz, you be the blessing!” She asks Boaz to be her “redeemer.” In Exodus 6:6 God uses this same word to say that He will redeem, or pay for, the Israelites to bring them out of slavery. Redemption is the work of God. It is rooted in His promise. The life of faith is a life of prayer that asks God to be the blessing that He has promised to be. Prayer is not about getting more stuff or having a nice, comfortable life. Prayer is rooted in who God is and what God has promised. God has promised to save and redeem us, so why not ask God to do that! Save our marriages, our relationships, our jobs, etc. Faithful prayer is simply turning back to God and asking God to do what he promised.

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