II Corinthians 4:1-4
“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
FIVE BIBLE TRUTHS THAT THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW (PART 5)
When we think of truth we think of kind and innocent truths but we fail to realize that truth is not just what is said but what isn’t said. The preacher and the bible teacher both share the truth but there is one that does not care if you hear the truth. The devil! Here are five bible truths that the devil does not want you to know.
V. PRAYER DOESN’T WORK AND IS A WASTE OF TIME
This is a continuing discussion that many Christian deal with when it comes to the non-Christian world. In the minds of those that don’t believe in God or acknowledge the value to prayer, it seems as something that does no good. Prayer seems to be religious necessity that Christians do before they eat or special events out of tradition. However, this isn’t the only reason that we have the ministry of prayer. It does three things:
- Communication – We tell God our feelings and desires
- Call – We ask God for items and power
- Confession – We ask God to forgive our sins and trespasses
So why do non-Christians make the indictment against prayer? Well let’s see what most non-believers pray for when they pray. I have found that it comes down to seven different categories:
- Personal Financial Gain – “God give me a raise at work so I can have more money.”
- Personal Material Gain – “God please let me have _______ like my neighbors.”
- Personal Health – “God please allow me to be healthy and live a long life.”
- Personal Friendship Circle – “Bless my friends and those that I love.”
- Personal Family Circle – “Bless my family and keep them safe.”
- Personal Gain – “God help me get promoted so that I can get that corner office.”
- Personal Desire To Help – “Lord help those less fortunate.”
What we see is a strong pull towards the things that are in their sphere of influence. Since these things benefit only them could there be a chance that God doesn’t honor these things? What does the bible say?
1 John 5:14-15
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
According to this scripture, we probably shouldn’t just pray for things that benefit us selfishly. We should ask for things along the will of God and God promises in His word to answer them. We further read in: James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” The whole ministry of prayer is to pray for things that benefit others and ourselves within the will of God. Otherwise, we ask it amiss or selfishly and risk God not answering our petitions.
I heard a story of a father and four children many years ago. The father was caring for his children after the death of their mother in child birth. One day the father received the insurance check after the death of his beautiful bride and was making plans to pay off bills and purchase a few things. Three of his children, which ranged from 1 week old to pre-teen, came to him to ask him for a bit of money for a specific item. The oldest daughter approached and asked for $100 for a new wardrobe. Her logic was that she needed to get a professional job to work and provide and her adolescent attire was not suitable. The second child, which was the middle daughter, asked for $50 to buy new toys because the older ones reminded her of her late mother and caused her much pain. The last child was an 8 year old son, whom the father loved, and he asked for $1,999.97 from the father. Of course the father looked at his young son and asked “Why do you need that much money?” The young son looked at the father with a tear in his eyes and said “Father, I want to give mother a proper burial like she always talked about before she died giving us another brother.” The father was so moved with compassion that he grabbed his son and said, “I love you and you can have whatever I have because you know my heart.”
You see God loves us and does not want us to ask for things because we need them or because we want it to be about us; He seeks those that are after His own heart.
“What if we could see prayers going up into heaven as shades of blue, every single heartfelt though of humanity to God’s throne in this hue. As the father goes through them he says yes to some and no to many, he sometimes says wait to others and the rest hear no answer, no not any. What if all the yes prayers turn white while the no prayers turn gray; we would see the sky as a magnificent light show all night and all day. What if he turned the wait status to those other request into a small rain drop; the person waiting wouldn’t like the result but the world without water would stop. What about the ones to which God doesn’t respond; where does these go for an answer and for how long? God cares for every single request that wings his ear, even though we don’t always send them up to heaven He is ever near. So when you pray, think of others in His will; ask for His blessing and He will bless with blessings from Calvary’s hill.”
I hope that you enjoyed this series. Come back next week as we talk about “How To Raise Your Children According To The Bible.” Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.