Y’all finna catch these blogs on tuhday! Lol. Well tomorrow now. Oh well.
I’ve been busy and had the idea for this and another blog a couple days ago. I had a bunch of thoughts today and maybe yesterday too. They will be short but plentiful just like one day last week or the week before last.
I had a conversation with someone that irked me. I don’t wanna get into it cuz it isn’t important.
One of the issues they have had with me is my discussing other people’s relationship with God and called me judgmental.
I told them Jesus, the Bible, says we will know the tree by the fruit it bears (Matthew 7:15-20) .
I also broke down religion versus relationship to them. I had some stuff I wanted to say before our convo that I didn’t think they would receive. I was able to slip it in.
I think I talked about this recently, but, it bears repeating. God is not a genie, Santa, or a magician.
To be in relationship with God, reciprocity is necessary. Jesus told us so.
He said abide in me and my words abide in you and you can ask what you will (John 15:7). John told us if we ask according to His will he hears us (1 John 5:14). He said be holy for I am holy (Leviticus 11:44; 1 Peter 1:16).
While God rains on the just as well as the unjust (Matthew 5:45), we don’t get to just pray and expect God to do whatever we ask. That’s why some people doubt. They have a skewed view of prayer and relationship.
Some of what happens in our lives is us and we give God credit for stuff He had nothing to do with. Sorry if this is repetitive. But, it is important.
We are to cultivate a relationship with God. If we get His Word in us, get His vision for us, get His purpose for us, abide in Him, talk to Him, relate to Him, get to know Him, we will discover His will for us.
When we discover alla that, what we pray will become what He desires for us. Tongue twister and a but cyclical I know. Peep this.
I marry a man. We got to know each other before marriage. I discovered, and discover, his wants and needs, what he likes and doesn’t like. Because we have spent time together, I know exactly what to ask him when it’s time to cook dinner. If he likes steak and salmon, Ima ask if he wants one of those.
If he doesn’t like Brussels sprouts, even though I do, I’m not gonna ask him if he wants Brussels sprouts. I mean, I could. But he is never going to say yes to eating them. Ima, needlessly, end up frustrated, disappointed, and resentful cuz I keep asking for something I will never get a yes to.
So. If you are praying and believing but frustrated, make sure you are asking for the right thing. Make sure God is involved in your desires.
You can get the desires of your heart if you delight yourself in Him (Psalm 37:4). Not just because you ask. But because you have spent time with Him and know what He wants for you.