Love you all, praying for you,
I just love God’s Word. It tells the truth, and it separates between God’s interpretation and man’s, through the Holy Spirit. When you were young you were taught ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ Please is just good manners, as is thank you. They are courtesies that draw the favor of others. Praise God He welcomes our requests in prayer. He wants you to cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you. But have you ever taken an account of your prayers and counted the please’s versus the thank you’s? The Thank You’s should far outweigh the please’s. The list of things God gives, what He’s done in the past, from Adam to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to you… All the things He’s given you, Salvation and forgiveness, your daily bread, and everything you need for godliness, for comfort, to sustain you and prosper you. Even in trials, He gives joy, He turns them around for your good. He has good for those who fear Him, He is faithful in affliction, even in death the righteous have a refuge. So when you pray, Our Father who is in heaven, Holy Holy is your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever, let it be. These are requests, but we don’t have to beg. Please can be a courtesy, but it can also be an indication of where your faith is. Do you have to beg God for food today? Do you have to beg him to heal you. Have you ever heard people beg God with please? Sometimes you are there, and God understands, but His Word says clearly He responds to faith. The prayer of faith is what unlocks His power to flow. If you ever pray please – you don’t have to plead with him, for what He promised you. You don’t have to plead with Him, like He doesn’t love you, or He won’t forgive you, or He is holding your past against you. 'Please' is appropriate as a courtesy, but don’t let it be an incubator for doubt or unbelief, worry or fear. Some people pray worry, they don’t pray faith. As if God won’t hear, or doesn’t care, or doesn’t have the power, or doesn’t want to. Instead, what if you prayed thanksgiving? What if you thanked Him for what He promised rather than pleading with Him ask if He forgot, or doesn’t want to… As if your please makes Him live up to His Word. He has never not done what He promised. He’s never not provided for you, He’s never left you or forsaken you. He wants to answer your prayer even more than you want him to… (The best prayer for His best for you, in the best way and best time). He knows what will bring His Name the greatest glory, and you the greatest good. Pray in the Spirit – that’s praying His perfect will, by the Holy Spirit who reveals it, you don’t have to understand it with your mind. But as far as English goes, praying that your prayer life will be 80/20 thank you versus please. That you will not beg him for things He already promised, or that you are not positioned for. Some answers require obedience first in order to get them. Some answers won’t come without faith that releases them. Praying that your prayers will be thank you for what you are asking in faith – because you see and believe it – already answered. Praying that your prayers will always thank Him for His answer – that’s on the way.
Love you all,
Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!