Its me again. I know we haven’t been speaking quite as often as we used to. I used to hear from you all the time. I guess we’ve both been a little busy. It happens. Anyway, since we last spoke a lot of things have happened and well, I was wondering if you could do me a solid?
Lord, I know that you told me that if I would seek you first you would take care of the rest. And I truly am sorry that I haven’t made it to church lately but, Sunday is the only day I get a chance to spend with (fill in the blank). He really seems to be in to me! I understand that we may be unequally yoked now but, I am sure that once he gets to know me he will want to know you too.
I know that it is your desire that I remain sexually pure, sanctifying myself. You created sex to be a beautiful expression of love between a man and a woman who are joined in marriage. But, we love each other and we are going to get married anyway. Besides, no one is perfect and everyone is doing it anyway.
Once, I make it back to church I promise I will start tithing again. I just had a few things that I really needed to buy and I knew that you would understand. Anyway, there is this (fill in the blank) concert coming to town and I would really love to go. Lord, could you please help me get tickets. I understand that their music talks about all of the things that you hate but, I just like the beats.
Pastor, called and tried to tell me that I shouldn’t forsake assembling together with the congregation and that I really shouldn’t do this and that. But, I know that I have a relationship with you. You know my heart.
Thank you so much Lord, you always come through just when I need you.
At first glance the above might sound like one of the most ridiculous prayers that you have ever heard. However, many of us pray similar prayers all the time. We outright ask the Lord to bless our mess. We intentionally sin against God and request his blessing! We forget that we have been redeemed, rather purchased. None of us would pay for something and not hold the vendor accountable for giving us just what we paid for. Jesus paid for us, with His life and He is still patiently waiting, with His receipt in His hand, to get what He paid for–US! He paid full price, so He expects all of us.
We can not play let’s make a deal or haggle with the one who redeemed us. Yet we try to negotiate with the expectation that we can slip in the desires of the flesh. It is time for the body of Christ to stop offering half-hearted devotion to God and expect mature blessings that we do not deserve. Let’s pray for deliverance from our mess instead of trying to make God fit into our box. We should step out of the box and trust God to meet all of our needs; emotional, spiritual, etc.
It is not enough to say the Lord knows my heart. Yes, He knows it, wants it but, moreover he requires your life.
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the father, we too may live a new life….For we know that our self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Romans 6:1-4,6-7