Why Do YOU Pray?

To start with, I want to thank God for His blessings on me, my family, my Church and on my blog.  He has been doing things that I couldn’t even imagine.  To some it might be just what happens every day, but to me, I see God’s hands in it all.

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of people talking about the subject of prayer and how God will do anything you want Him to do if you just ask Him to.  I see a problem with this way of thought…  Where, God is here for us to call upon, He isn’t our “slave” or genie that will do anything that we ask Him to do just because we want Him to do it.

If I were to call on God to, “Please, give me a million dollars”; do you really think He is likely to do it?  No!  Why not?  Because it is not something that is going to further His plan for our life, it is not something that He has planned (willed) to happen to further His plan for our world  (immediate or distant future).

Oh, we might say, “Well, I plan to give most of it to my church so that they can build a new wing or to go to our missions program.”  Where both of these things might be good, they probably aren’t what God wants to happen.

He might want your church to get a new wing, but He wants to be able to meet the need in a more personal way so that it is more obvious that He is the one doing it. He might want your church to meet the needs of your missionaries but not in that manner.

Why? It is more likely that, by you giving your church $500,000, it would draw more attention to you than to Him (even if you try to give it anonymously). That is not His will. His will is to draw the attention to Himself and not to us.

We, as Christians, have to understand that we are living in the days right before Christ’s return for His Church, or, as some would call it, the “Rapture” or the “Taking Away of the Church”. We can see this by studying the Bible and lining up the prophecies of the Bible and realizing that we are very close to Christ’s return.

Due to that fact, we are admonished to be on the lookout for His return and, as such, it is even more important for us to carry out the Great Commission and make more disciples and try to further His kingdom (not ours).

While God does promise to meet our needs, He only promises to meet our NEEDS – not our wants!  We have to remember that God is in the business of furthering HIS gospel and He wants us as well as everyone else to see Him – NOT US!  Why do I keep saying this?  Because too many people think that because we want something, God will give it to us because it is a “desire of our heart” and God promises to give us the desires of our hearts.

Psalm 37: 4 — Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

This is a verse that many people also draw out of proportion.  They say, “Well, I love the Lord and he didn’t give me a new car”, or, “I go to church every time the doors are opened and I give in the offering plate when it is passed and when I had this business opportunity and needed some money to get it going, He didn’t give me the desire of my heart there!”

The main thing to consider here is the Delighting part of the whole statement.  When was the last time that you DELIGHTED in the Lord? When was the last time that you just couldn’t wait to get to church or even open your Bible at home to see what God has in store for you in it?  When was the last time that you were so excited about what God has been doing in your life that you just couldn’t wait to tell someone?  Or, when was the last time that you were so thankful for your salvation that you wanted to tell your friend or the teller at the bank or the cashier at the grocery store so that they could also be able to share your joy and be able to go to Heaven when they die?

The point here is that the Delighting is thinking of ourselves last.  We are supposed to Love one another — the second greatest commandment! When was the last time that you expressed love or for that matter, care for someone outside your family or even outside of your church family?   This is what the Bible is talking about.  But it doesn’t mean just doing it once or one day a week.  It means doing it on a continual basis.  So much so that after doing it for a while, we notice that it becomes second nature to do it.  That is when God automatically comes first in our lives.  That is when God wants to use us. That is when He is finally able to use us.

When we are totally subjected to His will, and we are doing the things that He has commanded us to do, that is when God will finally say, “Well done My good and faithful servant” and then and only then will our new desires be the same as the desires of God’s.

At that point, ask yourself if the things that you were going to ask Him for before would be the same as they are when you are in the center of the will of God.  I would venture to say that they would be very different.

That new car that you managed to do without, but rather got a used car that cost half as much, might enable you to use the money that you would have spent, to increase your missions giving at the church.   Which would God bless more?  If you know the nature of God, you already know the answer to this.

So, why is it that YOU pray?  Is it just to ask God for things that you think you need where you could really do with less or totally without?  Or do you pray to THANK God for the things that He has already given you?  If you don’t thank Him for what you already have and the things that you continually receive, He might be less likely to recognize that you need something else in the future.

I heard a saying once, “If you woke up tomorrow morning with everything that you gave God thanks for today, how much would you have?”

Remember your priorities when you pray.  Make sure that YOUR desires are GOD’S desires.  Make sure that you are praying for needs that can and will glorify God if He grants them to you and not just personal wants that you could do without.  Make sure that you are continually giving God thanks for everything that He has given you and especially those things that He gives you as a result of a prayer that has just been answered.

Remember too:  God has 3 answers to prayers that He might give to you:

1.     Yes

2.     No

3.     I have something better planned for you/Wait.

© 2013 Mark Davis

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The Printed Page

Since you have been saved, you are most likely wanting others to know the same peace and joy that you have found in the Lord Jesus Christ. As you read God’s Word, you have an increasing desire to spread the Word of God so others can experience the same joy of having the Lord Jesus as their Saviour, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life. You may have a keen sense of urgency as you see the current events and realize that Jesus could come back to catch away his redeemed ones at any time. The time is short and there are so many to reach with the gospel message.

This is written to give helpful techniques and instruction in the ministry of giving out the gospel by way of the printed page. I will unfold this information according to the following outline:

  1. Why?
  2. Exhortation
  3. Testimony
  4. Techniques
  5. Contact information
  6. After the tract is in their hands

I. Why?

The answer is in the Word of God:

Rom 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God”.

They MUST have the Word Of God !!!

Psalm 119:130 “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

II. Exhortation

In II Timothy 4:2 we are told in the Scripture that God, through Paul, urged Timothy to preach the Word. Is it important? YES

The great commission commands us to GO. This is the commission for every Christian. We all have this responsibility. We need to take it seriously.

Mark 16:15 says …”go ye, … preach the gospel”. This is proclaimed even by the printed page.

III. Testimony

I have been personally challenged with the testimony about a man in Australia that committed to giving out the Word of God for many years… his mission field was only a doorway. As he gave out the Word, he planted the Word. He didn’t see much fruit then. But, years later, testimonies from various places in the world began to pop up about how people were saved because of the faithfulness of one man to give out the Word of God.  His name was Mr. Genor.  You can HEAR the account on the internet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CQ9amtIOTY

I have personally given out many thousands of tracts through the years… and yes I have heard testimonies of people getting saved because of the “printed page”. It is thrilling that God can use such a simple method to reach souls for Christ.

IV. Technique

You come in contact with people every day that need the GOSPEL message. It is easy to walk on by and ignore them. Of course, Satan does not want them to hear!!! Pray each day that God would lead you to some souls each day to evangelize. You just might be the last person they will ever come in contact with that can share the gospel message with them.

If we fail, we have their blood on our hands. It is an awesome responsibility that we have. Although I try to reach as many as I can, there are so many that I will have to give account for… because I failed to put the message in their hands. I MUST work “for the night is coming when no man can work…” As long as God gives me strength, I have decided to follow Jesus and do His will in reaching souls for Christ.

Here are some pointers you may want to make note of:

  • Keep the tracts neat and not folded or “dog-eared”. If soiled: do not use.
  • Hand out the tract so they can read it (right-side-up)
  • Be cheerful!
  • Don’t be looking for an argument.
  • Be sincerely interested in them.
  • Speak so they can hear you plainly.
  • Be positive that they will take it.

I will now give you my technique. Your way might work, but this way has been what has been helpful for me and God has used it.

At a restaurant —

Place 1 to 3 tracts at the edge of the table where the waitress will most likely be.

When she has a moment and she is not busy, I simply say: “I have something free for you. You may have your choice. (most likely she will take one, sometimes all 3). I then say – “That is a good choice. It has helped us a lot and you might enjoy it, too”.

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At a restaurant —

Tell the waitress that you have something free for her. She says: “What is it?” I say, “This is a little Bible tract that shows how you can be 100% sure of one day being in God’s heaven. It has helped us a lot and you might enjoy it, too.”

Sometimes there is a response like: “I will be sure to read it when I get a chance.” Or: “Well, thank you very much. I will be sure to read it.”

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A clerk at a store:–

“Let me give you something free. (Hold it out for them) This is a little Bible tract that shows you how you can be 100% sure of one day being in God’s heaven. It has helped (‘me’ or ‘our family’) a lot and you might enjoy it, too.”

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Anyone else —

Use the same technique. Be flexible.

V. Contact Information —

Even though the tract might have your church imprint on the back side, always try to have your name and phone number vertically along the back edge. This might also include your e-mail address.

The reason for this is — if they might come up with questions, encourage them to contact you so you can give them a Bible answer.

If you and your spouse are both believers, you can encourage a lady to contact your wife, while guys should contact the husband. Many times this is more comfortable – and safe.

VI.  After the tract is in their hands —

PRAY that the Holy Spirit will use His Word and the tract to bring them to the place where they will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.  (Rom 10:9-13)

If you can possibly visit with them after the decision, give them verses on assurance of salvation.

Encourage them to get into a good Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church where they can grow in the things of God.

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Note:  Where can you get a supply of tracts? I recommend: CHICK PUBLICATIONS, P.O. Box 3500; Ontario, CA 91761-1019 or contact by the internet: www.chick.com

Submitted by Bob Davis. E-mail at: rld736@yahoo.com

©2012  Mark Davis

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