“For, dear brothers, you have been given freedom: not freedom to do wrong, but freedom to love and serve each other. For the whole Law can be summed up in this one command: “Love others as you love yourself.” But if instead of showing love among yourselves you are always critical and catty, watch out! Beware of ruining each other.”
God placed us on Earth with many freedoms and opportunities. In his many natural processes that he has laid down, he has given us hints and commandments about how to best live. In exchange for our obedience, He blesses us richly with his miracles. One of the most important freedoms that he has given us, is the freedom to love others as we love ourselves. He has given us the option to forgive our enemies instead of gaining revenge. God has lead us to be cooperative and not competitive, to be nice to others, instead of being mean to them. When we are good to others, God sees this, and wants to bless us for our efforts.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ ” Matthew 25:21
Although faith and Christianity are of the heart, it often behooves us to think about them logically. As Christians, we often ask ourselves many questions regarding our situation, and the situation of others. Why has God not blessed me with a son? Why can I never get rich? Why can I never lose all of this weight? These are not bad questions, but I urge you to think about these same questions in another light. What have I done to deserve such a wonderful daughter? Why has God chosen to bless me with a job that allows me to feed my family? Why has God never chosen to give me cancer?
It seems silly to question why bad things have not happened to us, but that level of reasoning is an important step to realizing why God blesses us when He does. God often blesses us incrementally. When we show consistent generosity, He blesses us with children, jobs, and health. Everything is on a scale, though, including our own generosity. In Matthew 25:21, we are being shown that small faith is rewarded with small blessings, medium faith is rewarded with medium blessings, and a grand faith and generosity over many years is rewarded with vast riches and abundance beyond our wildest dreams. God is comfortable granting us these miraculous blessings since He has now seen our generosity that has been shown steadily and bountifully. As you increase your giving, and lengthen your track record of benevolence, God will reward you, but not directly. Watch for signs, and remember that he who knows how to give freely will certainly learn how to receive freely as well.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”
2 Chronicles 7:14-15
To be successful with prayer, we must also make sure that we are pure of heart. We must be good people, forgiving people, and have hearts that contain love and compassion for all of God’s creatures. If God sees that our heart is full of bitterness and resentment, He will often look past us. In our mission of successful prayer, it is exceedingly important that the heart be rid of all ill will and be replaced with understanding, compassion, and forgiveness for not only our friends but also our enemies.
“Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete with it shall be measured to you again.”
God is loving, God is kind, and God is infinitely generous. He asks for very little from us, except our faith, our love of others, and our generosity to others and support of His work here on Earth. God blesses us on a daily basis by providing us with all our humanly needs, and in return He asks only that we show equal generosity in our daily lives. On the road to successful prayer, showing continuous generosity is paramount. To receive the fullest of God’s miracles in your life, learning how to give is critical.
Have you ever wished for a way to have your prayers heard by God every time? Would it help if God answered your prayers more quickly?
If so, the Bible has left us with some advice that can help:
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20
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Have you ever wondered why God answers some prayers faster than others?
Does it matter how specific we are in asking for what we need?
What can we do to guarantee that our prayers will be answered every time?
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