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It’s A Cup of Tea!

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*To preface this blog post I must tell you this was  a homework assignment for a Bible Study.  The pastor explained a dream and part of it was explaining that there is a file drawer filled with answered prayers with our name on it.  The homework assignment was to answer this question:  What is the Lord saying about how I can obtain the file with unanswered prayers.  The following is my completed homework assignment.

When I was posed with this question of how to obtain the file drawer with all the unanswered prayers the first and most immediate response in my spirit was:

Matthew 6:33

 But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

For my study purposes I looked it up in The Message version of the Bible and starting at verse 30 and going to the end of the chapter, this is what we see:

Matthew 6:30-34 The Message (MSG)

30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

The four main things I took away from this discovery were (1) Seek God, (2) Don’t worry “how” it’s going to work, (3) place your entire attention on God, not what is in front of you and (4) relax, stop trying to figure it out on your own.

Before I explain the four things I discovered I would like to take a look at the word “steep” for a moment.  It’s first definition is rising or falling sharply but that’s not what God wanted me to see, it’s the second definition:  soak in water or other liquid so as to extract it’s flavor or to soften it. Surround or fill with a quality or influence. To wet thoroughly in or with a liquid; drench, saturate.  So let’s call steep soak and reread part of Matthew 33:  Soak your life in God-reality.  Soak your life in God-initiative. Soak your life in God-provisions.

If we take this thought process and apply it to prayer let’s see how it works.  If we pray in an atmosphere of soaking in His reality, initiative and provision and follow these four points our prayer life should begin to change right before our eyes.  We could begin to gain access to those files of unanswered prayer quicker than ever before.

Step One.  When we pray we should seek God first.  What does this mean? It means lining our prayers up with the Word of God.  Seeking His Kingdom principles in our asking process.  If our prayers do not line up with the promises of God then how can we expect them to be answered?  If our prayers from the beginning are out of His will how could we possibly expect God to answer them without going against His own written Word?

Step Two.  When we make our prayer request known we have to let it go and not worry about how it’s going to work out.  If we followed step one then our prayer should already line up with God’s Word and He will be the One to make the final arrangements.  Here the key is to surrender.  When we learn to to let go of our prayers, God can move freely and in the way He desires without it becoming tainted with our own motives or how we think it should play out.

Step Three.  Pray with your entire attention on God and not the problem in front of you.  When we are staring at the very thing we are praying about we are not in surrender mode nor are we able to seek God.  We were not really designed to multi-task His plans.  We can’t be asking God to move on our behalf if we are sitting on the issue waiting to see if our ideas will work.

Step Four.  My personal favorite and most difficult step,  relax and stop trying to figure it out.  God desires us to operate from a place of rest.  Figuring it out requires work on our part.  Figuring it out on our own takes the seeking God part right out of the equation.  When we don’t let God be God we often delay the answering of prayers and complicate the process.  Always remember that His ways are higher than ours (Isiah 55:8-9).

To Recap.  Prayer is a four step process of steeping (soaking) ourselves in His Presence.  How are we ever going to get to the file of unanswered prayers if we do not seek God first, stop worrying, paying full attention to what God wants to do and relaxing in the knowledge of who God is (Matthew 6:32)?  Besides, to be in the file room itself means we have to enter into the Kingdom in the first place.

In the end when the prayer has been answered do we really want the credit?  God’s Kingdom in the one place where we want our credit score to be at zero.  We want to reside in a position of worship and thankfulness and the only way to do this is to give God all the credit for answered prayers.  This is why keeping our hands out of it is so important.

Seek.  Let Go.  Be Attentive.  Relax.

God has all the answers available to you and there is nothing for you to figure out so go steep in His Goodness.  Begin to extract His Word and let it saturate your soul.  Begin to drench your prayer life in His Kingdom.  Surround your life in God-reality.  Surround your life with God-initiative.  Surround your life in God-provisions.  Once you begin to do this your prayer life will become a cup of tea!

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Too Busy for Knowledge

Hosea 4: 6 (KJV) My people perish from a lack of knowledge. 

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Ever wonder why we do not have time to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives?  Why are we too busy to do the two things God asked us to do:  Love one another as He loves and spread the Gospel?  I feel like two things are to blame for this, one being Satan busy distracting us and the other, our lack of knowledge in the Word.  Now I am not attacking anyone at all because I am not fully proficient in the Word myself and perhaps it is time for me to step up my game.

God instructs us not to become conformed to this world but to grow in the renewing of our minds by the reading of His Word.  Sometimes in day to day living we get too busy to even pop open the Bible to read a verse or two.  As for myself I get excited about a devotional only to find myself a week later “too busy” to keep up with it.  I also like to use the excuse of being in revival meeting four times a week and that’s where I get the Word.

Another aspect of being too busy for knowledge is that we get caught up in the news media and television.  We get so interested in what is going on all around us, we forget to focus on the very thing that God has right in front of us.  Yes some of us are gifted to help those who need rescuing from disasters and those who need specialized care in certain circumstances.  He does not design all of us with the same giftings, if He had we would be so busy helping the disaster victims that we would have a world full of depressed and broken hearted people with no one to help them.

Do you see the picture I am trying to paint?  People all around us are saying we are in the end times and the world is at it’s worst, but what are we doing to save the world?  What will save the people of this world is Jesus and if we just do the two things we were instructed to do, everything else will just fit like puzzle pieces and God will protect those who are under His wing of protection.

I myself need to dig a little deeper into God’s Word so that I may be filled with the knowledge that will allow me to life my life to the fullest.  When we read His Word we hide it in our hearts and it will stay there for eternity.  When we read the Bible we are filled with hope and we learn to discern what are giftings really are.  Yes this world is a crazy place but when we have the peace that passes all understanding, we are able to push through and accomplish the tasks God sets out for our lives.  Choose today to seek His knowledge and begin to life a life of freedom in Jesus.

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Deuteronomy 8:3

Yes, He humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
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How do we know when we are really off on the wrong track?  Whether it is concerning your job or your marriage or your child raising skills or your church attendance or even your communication with God, we get off track…..after all we are human and not perfect by any means.  What happens when we get our apple cart neatly arranged and ready for market only to have something bump in to it and knock it over or upset our arrangement.  Notice I said OUR arrangement.  We spend hours and days on projects in our lives concerning the things I mentioned above and then out of the blue something happens to upset the whole scheme of things.  How does this happen?  Is it us?  It is others around us?  What if it’s just God?
Once upon a time I thought I had marriage figured out only to discover that I really was suppose to still be myself.  I was suppose to be free in my relationship with my husband to be honest about everything.  I was suppose to share my feelings and hurts and wants and needs openly instead of bottling everything up on the inside until everything just tipped over and spilled out everywhere.  I thought I had my marriage cart all set up and perfect until I began to break apart at the seams and my apples starting falling out one by one.  I felt as if I had done a pretty good job keeping things all together.  Furthermore, I felt as if I had done a pretty good job on my own, without God.  It was as if God said to Himself one day,”Time to tip Brenda’s cart over!”
In doing so, God was able to show me many things, I had the concept wrong on a lot of things in my life.  I did not have to submit to my husband when it wasn’t  the right thing to do.  I did not have to just accept the destruction that surrounding me every day.  I had the right to be happy.  As God began to show me who I was designed to me, the more I could see just how wrong of a concept I had of marriage.  Little by little as He pulled me out of my pit, I needed to toss out my old apples (old ways of thinking) and plant new trees.  The more I learned about God’s love the easier it was to get rid of the old apples.
So when I began planting new seeds, with the new knowledge I had, the trees grew very quickly.  Now I can glance over and see orchards of what God has done in a very short time.  He has given me a marriage with a harvest so great I at times don’t have a clue what to do with the overflow.  As I harvest each apple I feel God’s love just pouring into my life as if He desires to ingrain in me what a true apple looks like.  He shows me everyday what a true marriage should be based on.  And everyday I am given sufficient love from my husband as He seeks God for how much to give.
So, how neat is your apple cart?  Did you design and fill it all on your own or did you allow God to show you His master plan?  Are you reaping a good harvest from your trees?  Are you ready if God decides tomorrow to tip it over because you are headed in the wrong direction with your cart?