Tuesday, March 15, 2011
"DON'T "JUST" PRAY"
Good Evening to All!
Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse . . . and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Malachi 3:10 AMP.)
Yes, I know the above verse is talking about tithing, but I'm not concentrating on that part of the verse, because that is a "Pastor's job". I want to speak about the abundance of God's willingness to give to us.
Have you ever thought about your "wording" when you pray? For example I've heard people say "Lord, I just want to thank you for the food we are about to receive, or I just want to thank you for what you have done in my life. We use the word "just" WAY too often.
While the word can mean fair or righteous, it can also me "barely enough to get by" or by a narrow margin.
You know in God's Word, according to Ephesians 3:20, He says, " Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask of think, according to the power that worketh in us, (21) Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end." Amen.
God looks forward to blessing us, and when we say "just" we are asking Him to give us barely enough to get by on. We are actually limiting God to what He can give us. It makes us sound insecure about our faith in Him. Can He really give us this much, can He really do that? When we act insecure in Him, that is called a lack of faith. Without faith, we CANNOT please God. When in need, we should go boldly to the throne of God with our petitions, with all the faith we can muster, knowing that whatever we ask, if our motives are right, and what we ask is in God's will, He will freely give.
God CANNOT lie. He tells us He will do this for us, so He will. We just have to remember the words in John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 1 John 3:22 says "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. These are just 2 of many verses that speak of His willingness to bless us abundantly with our desires if we are "right with God".
I saw the picture on the right while looking for pictures for my post and couldn't resist it. This should be each and every one of our prayer every day. Remember, when we are a blessing to others we also receive a blessing. I love the feeling I get when I have helped someone in some way.
Just like a dad who wants to give his children everything possible, so does God. The difference is there isn't no limit to what God can give except what WE OURSELVES limit Him to because of our lack of faith.
From now on when you pray, don't use the word "JUST". Step up BOLDLY to the throne of God, knowing that it is His will to bless us. SHOW FAITH IN HIM.
Good Night to All and May God Bless!