The great promise of prayer – Part 2
All men feel their insufficiency and see the need to ask for help at different times in their lives. Being ignorant of who the true God is and the adequate provisions He has made for them, unbelievers seek and pray to gods who “have mouths but speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: they have hands, but they handle not: feet have them, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat” (Psalm 115:4-8).
Others sell themselves, spirit, soul, and body to Satan through a covenant. They “seek unto them that have familiar spirits and unto wizards”, they seek a “hiding place” in a “refuge of lies” (Isaiah 28:15-20; 8:19,20; 47:11-15). Even sinners and unbelievers who seek help, healing, power, protection, prosperity and any other thing from evil spirits and Satan are severely judged and punished for doing so (Deuteronomy 18:9-12).
Seeking for any blessing must be only from the true God, the God of Heaven, the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and our Father. It dishonours God when any child of His forsakes Him and looks up to Satan or Satan’s messengers for help. It exalts Satan’s power above that of God. Such a person that belittles God in his heart and, by his action, magnifies Satan is worse than an atheist. The danger and damnation of such a person are a million times greater than the pain or the problem he is trying to overcome. How different such people are from true seekers of God, for whom He has provided all-inclusive prosperity.
Prosperity is a desirable thing if it is all-inclusive. Those who are rich in gold but are not rich in grace, godliness, and goodness cannot have complete happiness and fulfillment. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2). That is true prosperity and that is what the Lord has promised and provided. This is what we can seek with the great, unshakeable assurance that we shall find.
A life that is rich in faith and faithfulness will be fruitful, fulfilled, full and flourishing. His soul will not know the plight of spiritual famine and his body will not experience the pain of economic drought. As he abounds in the fruit of the Spirit, so will he have abundant fruit in the work of his hand. Those who pray and seek God with the whole heart will not seek Him in vain. “I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain” (Isaiah 45:19).
All who truly seek the Lord “shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of his house, and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures” (Psalm 36:8). The provision of God is so abundant and inexhaustible that none of us ought to lack spiritually and in any area of our lives. We can be holy, healthy and happy now and throughout our lives. Hence the injunction: “Seek, and ye shall find”.
Further Reading (King James Version): Matthew 7:7-11; 2 Chronicles 16:7-13; 1 Samuel 28:3-8; 1 Chronicles 10:13,14; 2 Kings 1:2-4; Isaiah 8:19,20; 31:1-3; Jeremiah 10:21; 2 Chronicles 25:14-16,20; 33:9-13; 1 Chronicles 15:12-14; Matthew 7:7,8; 1Chronicles 16:11-29; Job 5:8,9; 8:5-7; Psalm 63:1-5; Lamentations 3:22-25; Isaiah 55:6-13; Hosea 5:15-6:3; 10:12; Luke 11:9-13.