On Talking to God
This morning I was talking with a friend about how we as Christians pray. Many times when we pray our prayers have already been answered by the way we pray.
Did you know that you don’t even have to be a Christian to talk to God in prayer?
There are many scriptures about praying, but these two examples I’ve included in this article.
John 15:7(KJV) “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
We are told by Jesus to abide in him, and let his words abide in us, so that we can ask anything and it will be done for us. For us it is an encouragement to immerse ourselves into the Bible and let it soak into our soul so that we can ask in accordance to the Bible and it will be done.
James 4:2 (NIV) “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.”
This is pretty plain we want something that we don’t have so we kill for it. We desire what we can’t have so we argue and fight over it. We don’t have because we don’t ask God for it.
What we see as Christians going on all around us across America today is spiritual warfare, a huge ugly beast and its raising up a big super ugly evil head on virtually every front. That evil is the spirit of political correctness that is bringing all of its force through the ultra-left to bear on the man Donald Trump who is the representation of the goodness of God and no I’m not saying that Donald Trump is God.
What I have said is that Christians have been praying for God to answer prayer and save the United States from certain destruction. However there has not been an organized and/or coordinated prayer effort where Christians have asked God to do anything “specific”.
In His wisdom God has chosen to take an earthly vessel, one so uncouth in human eyes, so reviling that nobody saw it coming. God knows what’s in our hearts and minds, much more so than we can imagine and because He knows, God uses the unknown to bring about HIS purpose, and for HIS glory.
I learned many years ago an important object lesson that has kept me focused and grounded on asking God for something. One day I decided to go to the church on a Saturday when nobody was around. My purpose was to pick up trash, my own little cleanup effort. As I parked in the parking lot I realized that I had forgot to bring a trash bag to contain the trash I had planned to pick up. Oh I could have returned home or went to a nearby store and bought some trash bags but that would admit I made a mistake in forgetting a bag. Sort of speaking half to myself and partially out loud I muttered, “Lord I need a bag.”
As I opened the door and stepped out the wind blew a sandwich bag against my leg. I looked down and immediately said, “Very funny God, Very funny.” I knew then that God had answered my prayer. I also knew that we are to ask specifically when we pray.
One time while stationed in the Army in Japan I was walking back to my room coming from a bible study and noticed that the typhoon was getting closer to landfall and was headed straight to Yokohama (where I was on top of the hill in military housing area). As I walked I prayed and spoke to the storm to leave the mainland and Yokohama alone. I got to my room and went to bed. I awoke the next morning and everything was calm. I thought there must be a lot of damage (I had been on telephonic alert), so I called the military police desk to find out about damages.
The sergeant on the phone said, “It was the darndest thing in the night that storm turned west and went somewhere out to sea and missed us entirely.” Once again I knew God answered my prayer and the storm obeyed me.
What we need today are Christians who will step forward in faith, commit to prayer and join together praying for our nation, our nation’s leaders, to guide and protect them as they deal with this spirit of political correctness and the evil force (satan) behind it.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
We must believe that God is who he says he is, that because he is God he hears our prayers, because he hears our prayers he is faithful to answer and we must pray specifically for what we want God to do on our behalf, and in Jesus name. – I am the Real Truckmaster!