Scripture For Today:
“Do not pray for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress.”
The Prayer of Petition pt 2
We have been studying about the Prayer of Petition. Yesterday, I shared you cannot go into the Prayer of Petition without knowing what you want to say and how you are going to say it. Today, I’ll take it up from there.
You need to spend the time in God’s Word. You need to do the research and study scripture related to your situation. You need to have a list of scriptures in front of you that either directly reference your situation or can at least apply to your situation. Knowing the Bible was written 2000 years or more ago, there are still things in our life and in our culture that are directly addressed in the Bible. That is why you can use scripture “that could be applied” to your situation.
For example, we oppose slavery. Back in Biblical days, slavery was a part of everyday life. It was wrong – it is wrong. But we cannot pretend it did not happen. We need to embrace the fact it did happen and then work to make sure it does not happen anymore. We don’t need to deny it or remove it from the Bible or from our history.
But, did you know that you are a type of slave today? Or, a better word would be “indentured servant?”
“What do you mean, brother Bob?”
If you have a job, you work for an employer. You promise to obey the rules of the job. You promise to show up on time. You promise to do what you are told. If you fail to do any of those thing, you will not be working there anymore. You will not be taken out back and beaten, but there will be a penalty inflicted for failing to obey your “master.”
One more example, the Bible is very clear, “The borrow is SERVANT (or slave) to the Lender.”
If you think that is not so, stop making your car payment. Stop making your house payment. Stop paying your rent. Stop paying for your furniture, etc. What will soon happen?
You will find out real quick WHO you are truly working for!
Still don’t believe me? Try this next Monday morning… (in actuality, I need to make a disclaimer here – this is just an example and I do not recommend you do this. OK? But, if you truly want to understand that you are a slave in this day and time in which we live, you can TRY this to see how it works for you)…
Call your boss next Monday morning and tell him or her, “I’ve decided to take a six month sabbatical. I’ll be staying home relaxing and praying and studying the Bible for the next six months. I’ll talk to you then and be back to work in six months.”
What do you think your boss is going to say?
Probably something to the effect of, “You better get dressed and into work right now – or your fired!”
If you are dependent on the income you are receiving from your job – you are a slave to that job and to the boss, your master. It’s as simple as that.
I’ve used this as an example for our Prayer of Petition. Even though the Bible does not directly say, “You shall serve your master in the XYZ company…” it does reference obeying your masters in the flesh. Amen.
That brings us back to what I said about having your petition drawn up according to the Word of God. Then, find out what God has already done regarding your situation. If you need healing, look up those scriptures pertaining to healing. Present your petition. No matter what your situation may be, God has provided an answer for it.
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