Thursday, August 4, 2011

He Needs Your Permission

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.(Matthew 18:18)

Have you ever wondered why we still pray, even though the Bible says our Heavenly Father knows what things we have need of, before we ask Him? (Matthew 6:8). Well, the answer is in the Word. First you have to understand that man is a free moral agent, with rights and the power of choice. God never enforces His will, purpose or choice on anyone. That's where prayer comes in. You'd have to dialogue or commune with Him in prayer concerning whatever it is you need of Him, even though He already knows what's in your heart.

It brings to mind the famous words of a dear man of God who said "It appears God will do nothing, except someone asks Him." How true. He needs you to cooperate with Him to bring His will and good purpose to pass in your life. The principle is that two can't walk together except they agree (Amos 3:3). You agree with God when you speak the same things He has said concerning you in prayer. That way, you side up with Him to have His Word come to pass in your life.

For example, in Ezekiel 36, God made great promises to the children of Israel to bless them, prosper them, make them great, and do a whole lot of wonderful things for them (Read Ezekiel 36:26-36 ).   But in verse 37, He said something rather remarkable concerning all the beautiful things He said He would do for them:  "Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them."

Think about this for a moment. Despite listing all the wonderful things He said He would do for them, He ended by saying they'd have to pray to Him for them to happen. What is God saying here? He's letting you know that even though He wants to do great things your life, you have to give Him the express invitation to do so.

Though God speaks prophetically in His Word of the great and glorious things He wants to do in your life, it's your responsibility to ask those things of Him. If there are things in your life that you want  changed, then go ahead and give the word! Until you do, nothing will change. God will only endorse for you the change you've permitted.

Dear Father, I take a stand against evil forces over my family, job and business. I declare that your mighty hand rests upon me, and upon my household and all that concerns me. I take advantage of your Word today, to deliver me prosperity, success and victory, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Rhapsody of Realities    August 2, 2011
-Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

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