24
Jul
10

I Dare You to Pray This

Last week, we had a very interesting bible study. It was based on Psalm 37 – which reads:

1Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.
3Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
4Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
7Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him whoprospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9For evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines fretting as “to become vexed or worried”.

We tend to get worried when we see others prosper by doing wrong things, how often do we come about a rich corrupt politician “living the life”? We often question God “WHY?!” Why do the wicked prosper?

We often equate prosperity with wealth. We forget that having a lot of money doesn’t necessarily make someone prosperous. How many times have we heard or seen someone who was suddenly bestowed with wealth only to have his / her life in ruins: a husband who suddenly gets into an extra-marital affair, a wife or mother who prioritizes shopping more than her family, a son or daughter who losses any desire to seek God.

A point that struck me during the discussion was. “God’s desire is to have a relationship with us wherein we are constantly clinging to Him”. Let’s face it – money changes people. Whether we like it or not money will change you and me. The excess of it will cause us to either lessen our dependency on God or give more for His kingdom’s use. The lack of it might cause us to either lose our testimony or cause us to draw closer to God.

It is very easy to come to God in prayer and ask for wealth with the promise to do something for Him like giving more to missions. But do we really know what we are asking for?

I came across a video on You Tube by Francis Chan that best sums this up. It’s entitled “I Dare You to Pray This”:

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