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” And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” -Matthew 21:22
This verse is commonly used by Christians and non-Christians alike. Posted as Facebook statuses or Twitter updates, we have reduced the meaning of this wonderful promise to the category of new cars, new gadgets, and paychecks. Often times we abuse this prayer as a ticket for God to grant whatever it is we ask-which shouldn’t be the case.
“Don’t limit the promise of this passage to the selfish pool of perks and favors.” – Max Lucado
We shouldn’t deduce the power of prayer as something like a coin for a vending machine. Prayer, nor God, doesn’t operate like that. Material blessings are only secondary as compared to spiritual fruits that God longs to see bloom in us. He wants us to go above and beyond temporal things and pursue heavenly things. He wants us to receive the gift of freedom from Sin, fear, and death. These are the hurdles that the Lord wants to remove from our lives. These are the prayers He will answer.
I hope that we may be able to learn the value of communicating with God not just because we have something to ask, but more so because we have a lot to be thankful for.