Your Balance Sheet with God

15 Mar

God’s Word:  Matthew 7:7-11  Jesus said “Don’t bargain with God.  Be direct.  Ask for what you need.  This isn’t a car-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in.  If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust?  If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate?  As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing.  You’re at least decent to your own children.  So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?”

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying in these verses)

Some of you treat prayer as lobbying with God.  power prayerYou get in your mind what you want to take place and then you try to convince God to make it happen.  God is not swayed by your clever words or pleadings.  Prayer’s purpose is not to advance your cause but simply to draw near to God as an act of worship.  As you draw near to Him, He draws near to you, and soothes your troubled soul.

Were your prayers put into a four column ledger what would the report read?  In one column are the times you showered God with adorations, in another all your confessions, in another all your thanksgivings, and in the fourth would be your supplications.  Which column do you think would be the longest?  And were God to print out a balance sheet how would it read?

You are a beloved child of God.  He is not far-away but is always close at hand—just a prayer thought away.  God is blessed as you turn your thoughts to Him often in simple adoration, confession or thanksgiving.  Please don’t wait to pray until you have something you desperately need.  Don’t treat God as your spiritual genie.  He knows that to give you all your requests would produce a spoiled child with a dulled and selfish appetite.  He loves you too much for that.

Jesus’ Question for Me: Which column of your prayer ledger would be longest?

Jesus’ Promise to Me: God’s mercy toward you is everlasting.

My Prayer to God

I praise You for Your forgiveness of our selfish failures.

I am sorry I too often treat You like my spiritual genie.

Thank you for the guidance Your Word gives.

Help me to praise, confess and thank You three times as much as I send my want-list your way.

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One Response to “Your Balance Sheet with God”

  1. dufresnedesign March 16, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    Reblogged this on Glory Goes To God.

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