I was listening to a message by a Pastor called “Making your faith work” and there was something he said that caught my attention, “The problem is that, people pray and don’t receive.” 🤔
He then gave an example saying that, people who pray and don’t receive are like people who go to the bank to cash a cheque, give the cheque to the cashier and then walk out of the bank before collecting the cash.
Uh, would you just leave your money like that? 😳
Sometimes we’re praying for something and we get so caught up in ourselves and that thing we want that we forget the receiving part.
Prayer is two-way, it’s how God communicates with you directly and you with him. If we’re praying about something and then just end the prayer and carry on, what have we gained? What did God say to us?
If the answer to those questions seems like it’s “nothing” then obviously we’re missing something vital. Prayer is not just for us to complain and say “gimme gimme ’cause my name is Jimmy”. It’s for us to listen to what God has to say to us and what He wants to show us – His plans for us and to answer our requests.
God is a God who answers prayers, He likes to talk to you and do wonderful things for your life. God is way more willing to give than you are to receive. If only you’d listen to what He has to say when you speak to Him.
What matters to us becomes God’s concern.
“…So that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you.” – John 15:16
Imagine going to your friend and asking them for advice on something because you know they’re qualified in that field and whatever they say concerning your situation would be the best plan of action for you. And then as they’re about to reply, you cut them off and say “Okay, thanks. I’m sure you’ll sort it out somehow for me.”
You didn’t care to find out what the person could do for you and what YOU could do with the information that they would give you and then you get upset when things don’t work out “according to plan”. But the truth is you didn’t even know the plan or how it would involve you because you forgot to receive the answer. 🙄
So, open up your heart to the Word and your spirit during prayer. Pray earnestly and tune into God, so that you can receive.
“…The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].” – James 5:16
“Of a righteous man (believer).” – Don’t forget to have faith and make it work when you pray. When you pray, believe that God has done it for you and begin to talk and act that way. Put the word God has given you to work and don’t forget to thank him always.
Exercise your faith. Faith is consistent. Nothing is too big for God, so trust Him to do it for you.
This picture is from my daily devotional that I read and the title of this message was called True Faith. Here is an excerpt from it:
“If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.” – James 1:5-8
So remember to always pray, but also remember to receive while praying. When you pray and talk with God, you should never leave the same way you entered that prayer, you should never leave empty handed. God always has something for you.
*if you would like to know more about the daily devotional or the messages by Rev. Chris Oyakhilome (I.e. Making your faith work) here is the link to the website – http://www.pastorchrisonline.org/home/aboutce
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