Thursday, May 4, 2017

Why Pray When You Can "Go Fund Me" Instead?

What are your feelings about praying? Back in February of 2015, I wrote a blog about praying and not giving up. It was then and continues to be what the Bible tells us to do. I have personally found prayer to be very rewarding and it has helped me develop a closer relationship with God. I have seen the hand of God make amazing transformations in people's lives in areas of health, finances, and relationships.
Witnessing God on the move is always amazing. It doesn't really matter if the prayer we see answered is for our self, or for someone else, it is the coolest thing ever!

There are, however, times when prayers aren't answered as quickly or in the way that we would have custom designed for ourselves (e.g. our way).

Yet even in some of the worst case scenarios, when things don't go the way we are hoping, God simply had a different plan. He had His promised plan...

Jeremiah 29:11-1311 For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.

In this world of getting what we want immediately, if not sooner, we tend to forget that God is both sovereign AND omnipresence. He knows exactly what we need, and when is the very best moment for us to receive it. He listens for sincerity in our prayers and humility in our hearts and conversations and makes His own determinations regarding how things are going to go.

But for some reason, people who should know this, totally abandon all thought off prayer and seek instead an easier, quicker way to get what they think they want, need or what would be fun to have.
God never promised us a cushy life. He might give us one, and then again, He might not. When we truly belong to Him, He searches our hearts and our motives and because He knows every last thing about our situations and circumstances He and only He determines what is best.

So if we know this and we know He wants us to talk to Him about our needs and desires why do we abandon our one on one chats with our Papa and set up Go Fund Me Pages?

Weren't Go Fund Me Pages designed for victims of fires and serious accidents? Designed for people who have urgent needs? Lately, I have been seeing one right after another of these pages set up for people who want to skip the praying part and just get the stuff. As Christians, why are we operating out of fear instead of faith?

Are we so afraid that it might take to long, or it might not be exactly what we want that we skip the prayers and go right to the ME part? Where is our faith? Do you believe in God or not?
How can we convince our maker; the one who loves us more than anyone in this world possibly ever could, that we have Faith in Him when we leave Him out? How can we convince others who don't know Him yet of His goodness when we blatantly demonstrate that we don't trust Him with our needs ourselves?

Just a thought....