What Was the Origional Sin?
Verses for the day: Mathew 6:9-13
Give us each day our daily bread.
This is a prayer for provision. Now, let’s go deeper and make this petition personal: give me my daily bread. Is that a prayer we can really live with? Can we live in this kind of simplicity and trust, like a little child?
There is one place we repeatedly allow our peace and contentment to be stolen. We compare our provision to others. I think of it as the original sin—comparison. Eve saw the fruit of the tree, and it was more pleasing than what she had. The two most important steps in finding contentment in life are not comparing what you have to others and having a grateful heart. God will provide (Gen. 22:14). The challenge set before us is to pray and be grateful for God’s provision.
To the man or woman who is acquainted with God and who knows how to pray, there is nothing remarkable in the answers that come. They are sure of being heard since they ask in accordance with what they know to be the mind and will of God.
Through the gateway of prayer, we find our way into the Father’s presence. We see His face, and we know that all is well, since His hand is at the helm of events, and “even the winds and the sea obey Him” (Matt. 8:27). When we live in fellowship with Him, we come with confidence into His presence, asking in full confidence of receiving and meeting with the justification of our faith. (See Hebrews 4:16)
E. M. Bounds
The Fire that Consumes
Prayer has an incredible power to arrest and change the purposes of God. The prayers of righteous men relieve the stroke of His power. We can witness both the possibilities and the necessity of prayer when we see how the prayer of God’s saints brought about a change in God’s plans.
-Abraham prayed and God healed Abimeleck, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare Children.
-Jonah prayed and Nineveh prayed and God’s decree against the city was changed.
-Moses prayed forty-days and nights and God’s anger was kindled against Aaron to not destroy him.
-Hezekiah prayed and God added fifteen years to his life.
All of these people knew how to pray and how to prevail in prayer. Everything is possible to men and women who know how to pray, and it is still possible today.
Provoking Thoughts on Prayer
“Your Father knows what things you need before you ask.” Then why ask? The idea of prayer is not first to get answers from God; prayer is perfect and complete oneness with God. If we only pray because we want answers, we will eventually get huffy with God. The answers come every time, but not always in the way we expect. We are not here to prove God answers prayer; we are here to be living monuments of God’s grace.
When prayer seems to be unanswered, beware of trying to fix blame somewhere. You will find there is a reason, which is a deep instruction to you, not to anyone else.
Provoking Thoughts on Prayer
Drawing close to God will give you personal rest and power in prayer. Draw near to God then it will be easy to pray in faith.
Let me remind you, when God calls you into the school of intercession, it is always more for your own benefit than others. He is drawing you near for deeper and more critical purpose. It is to be trained by the Holy Spirit. Here’s the question of the day, the month, the year, and maybe for your lifetime: Am I trainable? You have to be trained by the Holy Spirit to be still, to love, and to pray and believe.
Each one of us must learn to give ourselves to the “Ministry of the Interior”–it is here that we are trained for service by the Holy Spirit. How are you doing stewarding this ministry?