Wednesday, August 7, 2013

You Have Not Because You Ask Not

Prayer Changes Things

Lately I have been remembering the little phrase, “Prayer changes things.”  So many things have come up in my life lately that have slung me off into a great deal of anxiety and fear.  It’s so very easy to slip out of faith and into worry and upset, and when you boil it down, worry is only a state of mind that says, I don’t trust You, God. I have spent countless nights turning situations over and over in my mind, wondering what I’m going to do to fix the messes, and all the time, God was waiting for me to just turn it over to Him and realize I can’t do diddly squat on my own.  I remember a few days ago when it just hit me, what on earth do I think I can do about this??

One of the verses that has jumped out at me the past few days is James 4:2- You have not because you ask not.  When your mind is overrun with anxiety and trying to “figure it out”, God is left on the sidelines and the mess just continues to plague your life. When we take it to God in prayer peace comes, anxiety leaves and things actually get done in the spirit that will ultimately manifest in the flesh.

Peace is a command, it’s not just a good idea.  Jesus specifically told us in the Word to not allow ourselves to be troubled or afraid:
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] John 14:27 Amp.
An unsettled mind is essentially disobedience; peace is a command. And peace is something I didn’t have for quite a long time, even though I’ve been a Christian for decades.  Jesus told us the storms would come (Matt.7:24-27), but His peace is our promise that our house will stand.

The prophet Isaiah saw the same things:
But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  Isaiah 43:1-2 KJV
We will all go through “stuff”, messes that will try and ultimately build our faith. It’s when we turn the stuff over to God in prayer that peace will come, and that peace will guard our hearts and minds, protecting us from the attacks of fear from the enemy.
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7 Amp.
I especially like this version of these verses because of the last few words there- “garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds”.  This is where you can see how peace is our protection from the enemy, and you can see why peace is a command. And the way to obtain that peace is to take it all to God in prayer. Prayer changes things.

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