Pastor Wrinkles: What Are You Not Praying For?

 

7 This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts after the king’s share had been harvested and just as the late crops were coming up. 2 When they had stripped the land clean, I cried out, “SovereignLord, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!”

3 So the Lord relented.

“This will not happen,” the Lord said.

4 This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: The Sovereign Lord was calling for judgment by fire; it dried up the great deep and devoured the land. 5 Then I cried out, “Sovereign Lord, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!”

6 So the Lord relented.

“This will not happen either,” the Sovereign Lord said.

7 This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb,[a] with a plumb line[b]in his hand. 8 And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?”

“A plumb line,” I replied.

Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.

9 “The high places of Isaac will be destroyed
    and the sanctuaries of Israel will be ruined;
    with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam.” Amos 7:1-9

I was meditating this morning on the power of prayer.  In Amos chapter 7 prayer was even able to push-off a sovereign judgment (that is a HUGE DEAL in case you are wondering).Prayer does change things but not because it is intrinsically powerful. Prayer changes things because it moves the heart of God. Maybe it would be better to say, God changes things because His people pray.

However you choose to relay the message it must be noted that prayer is a necessary part of the work of God in the world. We must pray because for whatever reason God has tied His movement in our world to our prayers. When we pray in faith God moves. When we don’t pray in faith God limits His movement.

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” MA. 21: 21, 22 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. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:2,3 NIV

So let me ask you, “What are you not praying for?”

12 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: What Are You Not Praying For?

  1. Great question for us, Pastor J–and great reminder. Sometimes my prayers are less fervent because I assume He knows what needs doing, for goodness sake! But He cares very much for what concerns us, and He wants to hear about it–everyday. God bless you–love, sis Cj

    • Yes He does want to hear and there is something He loves too about us exercising our will in prayer. Even in those times when my will is not in line with His He moves to guide and redirect me something that would never happen if I never went to Him in prayer in the first place. By prayer we deepen spiritually!

      • Oh I’m so glad to hear you say this, as that is the relationship of prayer I subscribe to! He is most real to me in the maneuvering that happens when I pray and step out in faith, and He steps in and guides me to the right or left, or back a few paces. In the old days there was no movement–I had no vital relationship with Him, therefore my prayers were by rote, therefore nothing was happening. You’re right that He loves for us to exercise our will in prayer–it shows we’re ALIVE, not just a pile of dust.

  2. I definitely need to meditate more on this question you have proposed. I have to say I think so many of us become accustomed to certain things in our lives that we forget our God can and will do the impossible for us if we only ask.

  3. This was definitely something that I needed to read this morning. It’s very strange, but I usually find it so easy to pray for others… but then when I need something (peace, healing, strength), I tend to pray less about that. It’s not that I feel selfish, as much as — like another reader commented — there’s the feeling of ‘God already knows’. And God has really been working on me, because I do need him more than ever, especially as Nate and I are stepping out of all the emotions that flooded our lives this past year. And I definitely will be taking the time in my devotions today to not only lift up friends and family in need, but also to really seek God in area’s of my own life. Hope all is well! 🙂

    • All is well with me Nicole. I am glad I could bless you this morning. With me I must continually go to the Lord and ask “What should I be praying for?” There are things I neglect to pray for myself that I am blind too but God who searches the heart is faithful to reveal. Thanks for stopping by!

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