PRAYER


elijahWe, as Christians, have been brainwashed into believing that all that happens depends on God’s will, no matter what.  If someone is dying of a disease and the doctors say their time is up, we will pray, “If it is your will, let this person be healed.” I, myself, have prayed this way in the past.
Of course its God’s will that they will be healed. If it were not so, why would we even need to pray in the first place? If we have given up hope, we have given up on faith. If we have no faith, then why do we even bother with the Bible or prayer? It’s either true in its entirety or it’s not. In or out. Right or wrong.  Moses changed God’s mind twice when He wanted to wipe out the whiny Israelites and Abraham pleaded for Sodom and Gomorrah.  Why are we any different?
When the centurion came to Jesus to ask that he heal his servant, Jesus was prepared to go with him, but the centurion understood the power and authority of Jesus.  He told Jesus, “You just speak the word and it will be done.”  Because of his faith, Jesus told him to go home–his servant was healed.  Jesus has said that if we speak to the mountain in faith, believing, and command it be removed, the mountain WILL be removed.
Most importantly, Jesus said that anything we ask in his name he will do. That includes everything in everyone’s life we come in contact with. It includes everything that seems insurmountable to us in the natural. That includes any disease, incurable in the natural or not, any financial, emotional, or spiritual matter. Why do we limit God?
God desires to show himself strong in the face of impossible, insurmountable, seemingly uncontrollable odds. That’s what He does best. If He just spends His time getting kittens out of trees, what is the good in that? Let God be God and trust Him to meet ALL your needs. Big and small. Believe it or trash it.
I guess what I am saying in all this is:  When we pray we should pray with all our heart and strength.  Apply the ASK principle that Jesus taught about.  Ask.  Seek.  Knock.  Don’t just give it a half-hearted prayer, for the sake of prayer, and then give up when you don’t see immediate results. If at first you don’t succeed the bomb squad may not be a good career move, but the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much    Pray, in faith, BELIEVING.  Visualize the situation taken care of.  Visualize the healing, financial hardship gone, peace in the home or soul.  If you can’t picture your life, or the other person’s life changed, then what are you praying for?  Pray like YOUR very life depends on it.

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.

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