ABC’s and Priorities: Prayer ~ The Rev. Dcn. Scott Brown, OPI
When you pause to consider that God is infinitely strong and can do all that he pleases; that he is infinitely righteous so that he only does what is right, and that he is infinitely good so that everything he does is perfectly good; that He is infinitely wise so that he always knows perfectly what is right and good, and that he is infinitely loving so that in all his strength and righteousness and goodness and wisdom He raises the eternal joy of His loved ones as high as it can be raised — when you pause to consider this, then the lavish invitations of this God to ask Him for good things, with the promise that He will give them, is unimaginably wonderful.
Everyone seeks something.
We are all by nature seeking people. Some people seek for money, others for fame, others for pleasure, others for self-validation, others for worldly power. We may seek a husband or a wife or we may seek children or a new job or a better education or a new home or new friends or a new church. The tragedy of our time is that so many people are wasting their lives chasing after three things that can never satisfy—money, possessions and power.
There is an easy test to find out what you seek in life.
There is a simple test to help you discover what you truly seek in life. This test is absolutely foolproof. You tell me how you spend your time and your money and I’ll tell you what you are seeking. You can say anything you like, you can come to church and look very religious, but your time and your money don’t lie. Time is life and money is nothing but the time it takes to make the money. Show me your calendar and your checkbook and I’ll know the truth about your priorities.
Whatever righteous thing you seek in the spiritual realm, you can have it, if you want it badly enough.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6). This is one of the most stupendous promises in the Word of God. If you are hungry and thirsty for the righteousness that God provides, you will be filled.
If you want it, you can have a close walk with God.
If you want it, you can have a better marriage.
If you want to, you can do God’s will.
If you want to, you can witness for Christ.
If you want to, you can learn to pray.
If you want to, you can grow spiritually.
If you want to, you can walk in the Spirit.
If you want to, you can become a man of God or a woman of God.
If you want to, you can change deeply ingrained habits.
If you want to, you can break destructive patterns of behavior.
A: Ask God for what you want in life – if it is in his plans, you will receive.
B: Be patient, God doesn’t work on your time schedule. When He is ready it will happen.
C: Constantly pray: ask once and you may receive, but continuous prayer lets God know that you are serious about this.
One final thought. Jesus’ appeal is always personal. He never says, “Come and join the church” or “Come and be baptized” or “Come and give money.” He simply says, “Come unto me.” When Jesus says, “You will be filled,” he means, “You will be filled with Jesus himself!”
If you are hungry, come and eat of the Bread of Life.
If you are thirsty, come and drink of the Water of Life.
If you are weary, come and find rest.
If you are guilty, come and be forgiven.
If you are far from God, come back home again.