“Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments – Deuteronomy 7:9
Between September 8th and 9th 2019, we featured parts 1 and 2 of the topic: “BEGIN TO CHANGE YOUR ORIENTATION NOW”! Today’s devotional is the final and last part of the series. Please kindly visit our website or Facebook group page; www.livingwatersmission.org to access parts 1 and 2 of the devotional.
2. WRONG UNDERSTANDING OF PRAYERS
a. It is very important to note that prayer won’t do for us what we can do for ourselves. The human structure Is already configured by nature to work manually, and sometimes, automatically to achieve certain goals within the bounds of spiritual and physical principles. This means that we have to plant crops and harvest crops for our food. We have to physically move from our house to places of work in order to earn money. We have to use our brains for invention and for other strategic planning. When we are sick, we have to go to the hospital or take proper medication. Further to this, note also that prayers work best when a measure of work or action is added to it. Therefore, when we pray, we have to work manually towards the object of our prayers. If we don’t make any effort after we have prayed, nothing will happen! Prayer is Spirit. It does two things for us: One, Prayer fuels our spirit, giving us courage, strength, and wisdom to act manually. Two, Prayer causes God to manifest in a mysterious way, such as when the walls of Jericho fall down, the parting of the red sea, the multiplication of bread and fish by Jesus and Elijah at different times, and the multiplication of oil by Elisha. Same is true of the mystical conception of Jesus Christ. In all of these well-known examples, people acted at different times to activate and take advantage of the mysterious manifestation of God to make things happen.
b. God uses Physical means to fulfill our needs. God is spirit; therefore, it is not likely that He would stretch forth His hands and give you money. He would normally do that through some physical means. So when you pray, you have to watch out for possible indications of God’s visitation or manifestation. God can use other human beings, or other physical objects to reach out to us. The superimposition of God’s supernatural powers on our terrestrial region is made possible because God is everywhere and in all things. When God manifests himself, it is unmistakable! This is because the hands of God are in all things. His voice is also in all things! Therefore, make peace with everyone, and be at peace with all things!
c. Make the sacrifice of giving to others. Giving unlocks the heart of God to fulfill His promises. God loves a cheerful giver, and what you sow is what you reap. It is your responsibility to take care of the poor in your midst!
d. Cultivate the habit of forgiveness. God does not hear your prayers if you have not forgiven others. Before we start to pray to our heavenly father, we must first forgive others. Only then would God listen to our prayers. Otherwise, our prayers would be in vain.
e. Be vigilant! Do not be misled or derailed. The fact that God talks to us does not mean that every voice is of God. The best way to understanding which voice belongs to God is that; i. God speaks the language of Jesus, therefore, the voice of God will not act against the message of Jesus as stated in the scriptures. Please, watch out!
3. Avoid the pitfall of errors. Our inadequacies and weaknesses always count against us. Try as much as possible to obey the commandments of God. Sin is one of the ways the devil robs us of the promises of God. It is not true that God will answer us if we dwell in sin! Jesus did not die for us to continue in sin. His death should put a stop to our weaknesses. The Lord will not die for us again. God forgives, but do not make the habit of going back to sin deliberately! May God have mercy on us all. AMEN.
This is a new day, a new beginning to fix all broken pieces; mend every crack and sow healthy seeds by doing it right. Apply the three principles of; LAF, adopting a correct approach to prayers and avoiding the pitfall of errors. These three will greatly alter the spiritual dynamics of the things around you thereby bringing the promises of God to pass in your life. AMEN.
Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you for the revelation of the scriptures. You are my provider and strong tower. Everything I need, I get by your name and authority. AMEN.
FURTHER READING: John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 56:3; Joshua 1:9; Matthew 6:34