This article is called Does God operate by your standards? The answer to that question is absolutely no. We live iin a society that believes they are their own “god” they are in charge and control or every area of their life and they control it. Many believe in God, yet holds the belief that they can obligate God (or manipulate Him) into giving them what they want. I have written a lot about it. I believe the real question is this. “WHO IS IN CHARGE AND WHO IS IN CONTROL?” I want to list here at th beginning, what God says are His standards, regarding how he blesses humanity and His children.
Philippians 4:19 “19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Here is Gods’ standard of operation, and it is His standard of blessings. John 15:7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.” This is it.
I often find an article that I like and think it is beneficial, and I will post it here on my website. But I also want to give credit to the individual who wrote it and I will do that here. This article comes from ” Christians Relationship With God. (ThyBlackMan.com) ” Here is the article and I will do a conclusion at the end.
“For those of us that profess to believe in God, and to be Christians, its amazing how many of us believe we can get over on God. The arrogance of man is nothing new; it can be found throughout the bible and the history books. It seems many Christians want the benefits of being a child of God, but want them without responsibility, accountability and relationship. God is a genie in a bottle to many. If we want or need something, it’s time to pray and hope God will make it happen. We are reminded of our mortality through the demise of others in our life or community it is then time to flood the church because we don’t want to be the next body in a coffin. It doesn’t matter how many rules we break, or how much faith we lack…we demand God to move on our feelings.
We may know what the Word says regarding faith, but we expect God to operate outside of his nature. We want him to respond to our fear. When these things don’t happen God doesn’t love us, is punishing us, or is no longer listening to us. If God doesn’t function the way we expect him to, he has abandoned us. He just doesn’t want us to be happy because if he did, he would tend to our situation and do so in the blink of an eye. If this sounds spiritually unreasonable its because it is unreasonable, yet far too often it is the expectation.
The problem is we treat God as if we are his pimp, and that isn’t allowed. Some of us won’t crack open a bible or step in a church unless it’s a holiday, someone is getting married, or someone died. The fact that God is principled and adheres to order doesn’t matter when we create our expectation of him. If you are a Christian its time to realize God is perfect…the mistakes that are made are ours somewhere, and sometimes we are literally under attack. However, we make matters worse because too many of us don’t take the time to get to know the God we serve. Having a relationship with God that is genuine is very important in the building of faith…which is necessary if prayer is to be answered.
God can’t do anything with our fear because it kills our faith. This isn’t going to change because you feel some kind of way about what you are going through. Though there are Christians that face attacks…many of us are just outright disregarding of God’s Word but we want him to run us our money, peace, joy, job promotion, opportunity…run us our wealth. God is not going to respond to this treatment and if you call him your heavenly Father why should he. That shows that we don’t love nor appreciate him.
When we get into our funk because God must want us to suffer, we tend to forget about grace and mercy. We forget every time we received the favor of God and we had acted a fool. We forget because accountability and responsibility for our actions, and ignorance is much more difficult. Far too often we don’t want to face the truth about the decisions we’ve made, and how many times we ignored the wisdom of God for what we thought was best. Who are we fooling? Did we really think we can defy our faith, and expect the best it has to offer? This is something many Christians need to consider.
Its not a judgement call, but a suggestion that could help remedy the “God left me hanging” narrative. We can’t pimp God in no way. We should never confuse the mercy of God with the blessed state, they are worlds apart. Maybe our relationship with God, or lack thereof, plays a part if the difficulty we have with others. if we would try to misuse God what more would we do to each other. Consider yourself before you blame God, and know he hears you, even when you feel like he does not. However, none of us can get around relationship with him to simply get what we want. Staff Writer; Chelle’ St James.”
There is a whole lot of truth in what has been said, and I appreciate the writer of this article. I want to expound on what has been said. I am no expert on pray and I can only speak on what little bit that I know. I want to share a few things with you. First, understand that you are approching a HOLY PERFECT GOD, AND HE IS NOT LIKE US.Psalm 66:18-20 KJV 18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.” So what is iniquity? “immoral or grossly unfair behavior:Sin; wickedness; evil.
There are things that do HINDER our prayers. I ASK MYSELF ALL THE TIME WHAT IS A PRAYER THAT GOD WILL ACCEPT, AND ANSWER? There is a way to live that hinders our prayers and a way to live that helps our prayers. I always “PRAY FOR MYSELF FIRST, BEFORE I PRAY FOR OTHERS.” Someone will think, that is very selfish. No, it is not. I want to be clean before God when I pray to God. I do not want any sin or iniquity in my life, to keep my prayers for others, from being hindered or not answered. BITTERNESS IS LIKE A CANCER THAT ONLY GOD CAN CURE.
I do not want my prayers to be a RITUAL just for the sake of prayer. But I do have a habit. I take showers, not baths. Each time I shower I am talking to Father. I stand naked before God. I tell God that I can take the soap and clean my body, the outside, but only He can clean the inside and I ask Him to do so. I want to be CLEAN inside, so that He will hear and answer my prayers. Make that a habit of yours.
I agree completely with the staff writer who said, “It seems many Christians want the benefits of being a child of God, but want them without responsibility, accountability and relationship, with God.” Then there are the “911 PRAYERS (Quick Emergency Prayers). Oh God Please help. I need help right now, Please, Please. It really does help to talk and fellowship with God, before there is an emergency. DO NOT LET ANYTHING OR ANYONE COME BETWEEN YOU AND THE LORD, BECAUSE YOU WILL BE THE LOSER.
Now I have talked about things that hinder our prayers. Hear is my crazy thought for the day. I was praying to God yesterday. I thought of someone that I had hurt and offended years ago. I asked God to tell them in heaven that “I WAS SORRY AND HOPED THEY WOULD FORGIVE ME.” Then I thought, “IT WOULD NOT MATTER TO THEM IN HEAVEN, THEY ARE HAPPY.”
The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “IT WILL MATTER IN HEAVEN BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE TO STAND AND GIVE AN ACCOUNT OF EVERY DEEDS DONE IN THE BODY. YOU REPENTED AND IT IS FORGIVEN.” I just had not looked at it this way before. 2 Corinthians 5:10“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
Here is my final thoughts. Have you ever come to God just to praise Him and thank Him for all that He has done for you, rather then come to Him with a “WISH LIST?” Psalm 100:4-5 “4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
Please take the time to listen to this short song below, it will truly bless you. Your thoughts, opinions, and comments are welcome so leave them below in the comment section. RAY