Posted by: tucsonjefe | June 6, 2013

Don’t forget to pray

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

I heard someone say it again just recently, “Prayer doesn’t change things, it changes me.” The implication is that it is unreasonable to expect that God will hear us and intervene in our circumstances. Instead, He will work in us so that we don’t mind being broke, or sick, or trodden underfoot by the enemy. While it is true that God will change me if I will allow it, that is not what the Bible teaches as the purpose of prayer. God expects me to ask Him for the things that I need, or even want, if they are in line with His purposes. Jesus famously opined, “For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. (Matt 6:8)” The rest of the thought is clear: “But you still have to ask Him.” A look around at the real world should convince us that God does not meet the need of every person. Need is the common denominator of the human state, and most needs go to the grave unmet. This usually prompts someone to ask something like, “If God can meet the needs of all, but He does not do so, is He really good? If He wants to but can’t, is He really God?” Honest questions, lousy logic. This is what logicians call a false dilemma. These are not the only choices. Prayer is necessary because God, who loved Adam enough to give him a real choice, designed it that way:

· Need does not move God. There are two keys to getting needs met. You have not because you ask not, and your needs are provided when you seek first the Kingdom of God. (Matt 6:33)

· God gave dominion in the earth to Adam. (Gen 1:26 / Ps 8)

· Adam bowed his knee to Satan, but authority in the earth was still his. When he sinned, he lost his life, but not his dominion. (Gen 2:17)

· Man still exercises dominion in the earth, but because of Adam’s sin, man is controlled by Satan. (Eph 2:1-3)

· Jesus Christ broke the grip of Satan on mankind and restored us to spiritual liberty, including dominion over the wicked one. (Col 1:13-14 / Eph 2:4-6)

· God is our covenant partner who will intervene only if asked or if some other covenant condition is enacted. (See Abraham in Gen 18:17-33)

When Jesus instructed His disciples on prayer He told them to pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” In order for the will of God to be done in the earth, someone has to ask Him.

Somebody Said: “Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. If you may have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is.” Charles Spurgeon

Scripture Reading At that time you won’t need to ask Me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and He will grant your request because you use My name. You haven’t done this before. Ask, using My name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy. (Joh 16:23-24 NLT)

Whatever other calling you may have in the work of God, don’t give short shrift to the call to pray. Running a few verses together, we get: “You have not because you ask not. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” Your prayers are an important, even essential part of the plan of God.

vls

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