Thursday, 22 February 2018

Questions and Answers (Thirty Four): Our Father, Our Confidence

Trusting God (Part Six): God - Our Father, Our Confidence
QUESTION: 
Sometimes it’s really hard to trust after so many days of prayers and believing for something and in the end, you didn't get answers. I really feel abandoned. I mean you have been praying for this particular thing for years, and this is one of the basics in life. Please sir maybe I can get some more ideas of different ways of trusting from you. ― RH (Lagos, Nigeria)

ANSWER: 
When we come to God, we come based on GRACE; we come based on His LOVE. We come as a son/daughter who comes to his/her father. This is what we learn from Jesus. He taught us to start praying with recognition of the ground of our prayers. And, what is that ground? It is the fact that prayers are about talking to “OUR FATHER.” Hallelujah! I don’t know if you understand the import of that acknowledgment, or how it hits you, but it is a very big deal. It makes all the difference in a world, as it relates to prayers. No wonder Jesus asked that we start with this mindset.

When we come into the place of prayers, we do not come to contend with one who is against us. God and we are not in opposite (opposing) camps. We come in partnership with one who is for us. We come to one who is and wants to fight our course (our battles). We do not come to a stranger. We do not come as strangers. We do not come to a tyrant. We do not come as intruders. We come as people who have a RIGHT to be there. We come as people who have ACCESS. We come as people who are used to being there. We come to a place, and do a thing that is common with/for us.

We come to our Father, God. And what is more, He means well for us. Our father is not a wicked judge. He is not a hireling. He is a good God. He is the very definition of the word good. He is the very definition of the word love. He is a perfect God, and the very definition of the word, perfect. He wants to do us good. He wants to give to us of His grace (abundant riches, empowerment, enrichment, etc.) and His mercy (mark us out as different (redeemed) - His special, favored ones, the apple of His eyes, etc.).

I don’t know where we get our religious picture of God from, but it sure is far from the whole truth conveyed in the word. Out of ignorance, a lack of trust and sheer laziness, a lot of people get stuck in the shadows and types of the old covenant. They refuse to receive the fullness and fulfillment that is in Christ Jesus. They try to understand spiritual things with their carnal mindset. They fail to key in into the progressive revelation of the word. It’s time we get back to the word of God, and “get off our high horses.” Walking with God is not about what we think things ought to be. It is ALWAYS and ALWAYS WILL BE what His word says.

Even the prodigal son knew a whole lot better than a whole many of us. He was confident in the person of His father. How confident are we in the person of our Father, God? Therein is the power and strength of prayer; and the foundation of our trust.

WOW! WHAT A FATHER? WOW! WHAT A GOD? WOW! WHAT A FRIEND? WOW! WHAT A SHIELD? WOW! WHAT A COVER? WE TRULY ARE BLESSED. HALLELUJAH!

SCRIPTURES: Luke 11:2; Numbers 14:8, 9; 2 Chronicles 20:15; Romans 5:1-2; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6; Isaiah 56:7; Hebrews 4:14-16; Luke 18:6-8; John 10:10; James 1:17; Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Samuel 22:31, 33; Psalm 18:30, 32; Zechariah 2:8; Romans 8:32; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Luke 12:32; Ephesians 1:3-6; John 1:12-13; Matthew 6:24-34; John 16:24; Isaiah 65:24; Luke 15:11-31.

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