Before we start to pray, we should believe that God will answer. I had a strong conviction about this in the past. I prayed for a certain situation but didn’t fully believe that God was going to deliver. Maybe I didn’t trust God because I was so hung up on MY WAY since deep inside I knew that HIS will would be done and would be better then MY WAY. When we pray, it’s important to expect God’s will. Why would we want to walk outside of His will anyways? His ways are always better then ours.
I cannot imagine how it was for Sarah who had to wait so long for the promised child. My husband and I prayed for a couple of years before God gave us our first child. I think back now and I thank God that He gave us our son when He did because first of all, we were not ready for that responsibility. Second, we would not be fit to raise our son in a way pleasing to God. Lastly, God had another plan for us. During our time of waiting, we got involved with helping with the youth.
I think that Sarah’s maid (having their children) was a hindrance and delayed the promise of God for Abraham and Sarah. I believe that jealousy played a role in the delay as Sarah was jealous for Leah's fruitfulness in childbearing. It took the Israelites 40 years to get to the Promised Land, an 11 day journey because of their disobedience and complaining. God is a jealous God and He doesn’t want anything in the way of Him and us.
words we speak over our lives
God has been revealing to me the power of words. Here in the states, credit cards are common in most households. We were a typical family who had a bunch of cards and used them. I remember always saying that “I will permanently have credit card debt” since most of us do and I did not think much of it. But God started convicting me and revealing to me that it is because of the words spoken over my family, that’s why my financial situation was not in a good place. No matter how much money we made, we always seemed to over spend and make purchases using credit cards. God spoke into my spirit and revealed that I needed to rebuke the words spoken over my family and instead, to begin to speak the word of God over us with prosperity and freedom. I began to say that "we will be debt free".
This lesson came about 2 years ago. God was teaching me about expecting and tithing. Our family has always been very generous with our giving but we never really applied Gods word to it. We also didn’t necessarily give God what belonged to Him but rather gave what was placed on our hearts. I think it’s because we didn’t grow up with a strong teaching on it. I was taught NOT to test God based on the principle from when Jesus answered Satan “don’t test God”. I now understand that the passage was taken out of context.
Despite my earlier beliefs, God had been teaching me that tithing was not supposed to be a suggestion but something that all Christians should do. Since I already had been experiencing God’s power with so many different areas in my life, I knew that God wanted me to learn about tithing and expecting. I decided to go ahead and test God. I only gave a small amount but I kept expecting something greater in return.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Malachi 3:10
I started to expect my blessing. My husband usually gets the mail from the mailbox so when I saw him coming in the house with the mail, I would ask “did my check come in yet?” I’m not even kidding. I said it without fully believing or understanding what I was saying or doing. After faithfully expecting the promise from God, our check came it. The amount was not what God was telling me that He was going to bless us with, so I eagerly waited for the next couple of checks. They all came in and I can testify that God's Word is for real. It was a nice settlement that came from our prior mortgage situation, this was a miracle for us to be able to receive such an amount effortlessly. We were able to pay off a lot of debt and got rid of all credit cards. We use one credit card today, but I want to get rid off it because I feel like it's a hinderence to me.
And when you do ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may squander it on your pleasures. James 4:3
God was after my heart not my money. God wanted me to be generous. Throughout the scriptures, we find the instructions on how to feed the poor. At harvest time, not to collect every single grain, but to leave some for the poor.
Today, we have yet taken anther vow in testing God and are expecting. I am living for God wholeheartedly. I give to God because I want to, not to gain something in return. God spoke to our hearts, for us to sell our home. We are not exactly sure what God will do with this, but we will remain faithful and expecting.
For any situation, I think that once we go through the checklist of our hearts, we will see whether or not we are asking with the right intentions. Once we have checked off all the boxes and believe in our hearts that what we are asking for is really from God, we ought to expect our answer. However, we can’t neglect the example of Job who did everything right but still had to go through practically hell on earth. But even with him, it came down to the words he spoke. He said, “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me” Job 3:25
So the old saying that "sticks and stones can break our bones but words can never hurt me" is not true. What we speak over our lives and over the lives of others can make a huge impact.
Is there a prayer that you are not getting the answer to? Let us each examine our hearts, minds, and mouths to see if we are the hinderence of a certain situation in our lives. I pray that God gives you faith to pray with expectancy. I know that miracles will happen when we completely put our trust in the Lord.
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