Spiritually Speaking….. God Will Not be Pimped
By James Washington | 3/21/2014, 1:18 p.m.
One universal factoid is that all religions of the earth demand prayer and sacrifice to some degree in order to find spiritual well being and eternal life. Do you know anybody who has the inside track on prayer? We are often told we must have a genuine prayer life, if we as Christians are to enter the kingdom of God. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And by the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4: 6-7.
I am of the belief that prayer is a kind of armor that protects us from ourselves. The key is knowing if you are serious when you pray. Is it genuine? If you do not believe in the promise of Christ, the omniscience of Almighty God, then how in the hell do you, or I or anyone expect prayer to be answered? I mean fundamentally at a very basic level you’ve got to believe God capable of accomplishing what you’re asking for. The key here is that He knows what in your heart and, if the truth be told, so do you. And therein lies the rub. God will not be pimped. Real prayer comes from real people seeking salvation from a life surrounded by sin and temptation. I think it all starts from a simple but honest “I’m sorry.”
A minister friend once told me that God does not complicate His Word. We do. You know whether or not you are really sorry for something that you should not have done or said. Maybe it’s something you should have said or did that you’re sorry about. When you realize the pain you’ve cause others, you do know how you really feel. The real news here is the person whom you’ve done this to also knows whether or not your apology is genuine or the sentiment heartfelt. And believe me, it is the same or more so with God, which brings me back to prayer.
Isn’t prayer the expression of heartfelt sentiment towards God? I believe it’s James who describes for us the key to having prayer answered. “…You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives…” James 4: 2-3. Now let’s get this straight. What is in my heart is known by God and if I recognize and internalize my relationship with Him through Christ Jesus, then not only will I be saved, but I can ask for anything I want and have an expectation that my request will be answered. “Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.” James 4:10. Let us pray.
May God bless and keep you always.