One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Have you ever walked away from a conversation with someone and thought, “Why in the world did I say that?” I certainly have (and do)!! What about the regret of not saying something you should have said? In today’s lesson, Dismas, the criminal who was crucified alongside of Jesus and asked for mercy, teaches us the importance of never holding back on asking God for anything. What if, just what if, when Dismas was hanging on the cross he had NOT 1) shown reverence to God, 2) admitted his sins and 3) plead to Jesus to save him???
That’s what touched me today! What if Dismas had died and he had not boldly said the words he said while he was hanging on the cross next to Jesus? What would he have regretted the most- admitting he was a sinner and letting Jesus know how much he wanted to spend life with Him in His kingdom, or saying nothing at all? I want to think of all the prayer requests I have for Jesus. Then, I want to confront Him and honor Him letting no prayer go unasked….down on my knees, admitting my sins first and asking what no one else can even imagine. What about you? Are you talking to God in ways you won’t regret?
The challenge today….Ask God for that one thing that you may regret if you don’t ask Him today!
Additional readings: 1 Samuel 12:24; Proverbs 28:13; Jeremiah 32:27; Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:9; Hebrews 5:7
Dear Father of Mercy,
I love you and worship you! I come to you in thanksgiving for your Words and for those before us who taught us to ask our prayers boldly. I want to be real and honest….not holding anything back. Today I am claiming your promise that “those who ask receive; those who seek find; and for those who knock, the door will be opened (Matthew 7:8). Right here and right now, I am trusting that NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR YOU. I will ask my heart’s desire with passion. Then, when it’s time for me to join you in your kingdom, may I hear the same precious words that you spoke to Dismas,"This day you will be with Me in Paradise."
In your son’s name I pray. Amen!