Today's Christian thought: Tuesday November 11th, 2003
Let me ask you a question, Why is it that God wants you to pray? After all, when God walked the earth as a man named Jesus, He told us: "Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him." So, since God already knows what we need, why do we have to go to Him in prayer? Why doesn't He just give us the stuff we want and need and be done with it? After all, while on earth God also told us this: "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father, which is in heaven, give good things to them that ask Him?" Ah, but there is that 'ask Him' thing, so why is it that God wants us to ask Him before He gives us what He knows we need?
I have asked this question many, many times and got all kinds of answers, but, none ever seem to get it right. Some make it long and drawn out, others give short answers like "I don't know" or "Because He's God and that's one of His rules." Believe it or not, that last answer, "Because He's God and that's one of His rules," is not all that far off.
Let's look at why God wants us to come to Him in prayer and ask for the things we need. To do this we need to go back to the beginning, to see why it is that God created man in the first place.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.... And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them....
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.
And Adam said, "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed....
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, "I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself."
And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, "The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." ...
And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.... Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, (excerpts from Genesis chapters 1,2&3)
God created man to have fellowship with man, and when Adam and Eve sinned that fellowship for the most part ended. God so wanted to resume that fellowship that He offered Himself up as the Holy and Sinless sacrifice needed so that He could resume His fellowship with man. Not all men, but only those who He has chosen as His adopted sons and daughters, only those who are Born Again washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians. And God's manner of fellowship is to allow Himself, as the Holy Sprit, to dwell within us and to talk with us through prayer.
The reason God wants us to come to Him in prayer is so that He can fellowship with us. The things we must have, such as air, water, gravity, sunlight, darkness of night, those things He gives us freely and without our asking, for like a good father, He sees to our absolute needs. But He does like to be asked for our other needs. God waits till we come to Him in prayer to give us some things, only because He wants us to spend some time with Him.
Don't make God wait to give you things, go to Him in prayer, spend some time with your heavenly Father, let Him know you love Him and want to spend some time with Him. Even if it's only a few minutes a couple of times a day, take the time to let Him Know you care.
The Lord God who shed His blood so that you could be free, be with and bless you all, amen.
Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
The Lord be with and bless you all and may you all keep this very important point in mind. It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
Lord I would also ask You to be with my friend Mac, and for the salvation of Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. Amen.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.