Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God Week # 012

Entry 012 Praying to Be Okay Without

God promises to supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory. He owns the cattle on ten thousand hills, so as His children we are entitled to the blessings and provisions that Jesus died to provide for us. Yet, sometimes we suffer lack. Sometimes we have to go without having what we need, let alone what we want. As human beings, there are some things we all must have to stay alive. We all need food, water, sunshine, clothing, shelter, currency, companionship and love .And we can survive a period of time without these basic human needs. Since we are living in a sinful, fallen world, we may go without all or any one of these at any given time, or during any particular season. God never intended for us to live in lack in any way; in the beginning everything man wanted and needed was provided for him in Paradise. When man gave the Devil the keys to the earth by ignoring God’s command, sin, deprivation, trauma, and catastrophe was released upon mankind. Jesus’s death on the cross redeemed us back to God. He snatched the keys of death, hell and the grave from Satan, and He gave us back the power and authority to live abundantly on earth through Him. But there are many reasons why we still may enter into a period of lack. Sometimes it is just the season for it. Other times it is the result of bad or rash decisions. We may be experiencing lack as a consequence of the seeds we have sown. Yet other times it can simply be a test or a trying of our faith. Most of the time, Satan interferes with the manifestation of our provision so that we stop trusting in God. Unfortunately, it may be God’s will for us to be devoid of certain things for a time, but it is never His desire for us to develop a lifestyle of poverty and a mindset of degradation. He may use it to build character or to draw us closer to Him. When sin entered the world in the beginning; lack became a part of man’s reality. Although God never intended for man to go without for any period of time, He can still make that bad situation work it out for our good. He can use the time of deficiency as an opportunity to develop our character and our prayer life. Our society creates desires for us through advertisement and propaganda. If we are not careful, that urge inside of us to consume or achieve can become so strong that we do whatever it takes to get what we want. This is dangerous because we can become so driven by the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life, that we lose all morality, humanity, and sobriety in the process. When we have to have anything more than God, we have made it an idol, and have created an addiction. Unless it is the Holy Spirit, whatever controls us will generally destroy us. So we don’t have to have anything but Jesus; it is okay to go without sometimes. Because in the season of lack, we get down to what is really important, we learn to not sweat the small stuff, and we learn to make the main, the main thing. Then in God’s own time, He will give us what we need and want as we continue trust in Him.

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