Take the Initiative

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT

How many times do you pray for something for somebody else that you could easily take care of yourself? I believe we get so wrapped up in the assumption that God is supposed to do everything, that we neglect to see how we could easily be a blessing to that person. We can get so consumed with thinking about what we would be losing on our end instead of doing what Acts 20:35 says, “it is better to give than to receive.” The devil keeps our minds occupied with fear and doubt regarding helping others because if we actually do our Christian duties, people will be blessed and God will get the glory—two things the devil absolutely hates. Sometimes before we pray about certain things for other people, we need to see if we can answer the prayer ourselves. God will always provide for us when we take care of each other as today’s scripture states. 

Instead of praying “Lord, so-in-so needs some gas to get back and forth to work,” offer to take the person to fill up their tank. Instead of asking, “Lord, please provide a babysitter for so-in-so, so they can have some alone time to stay sane,” find a day when you’re free and volunteer your services. Instead of praying, “Lord, so-in-so is about to get evicted, so please provide a financial miracle for them,” why don’t you start a collection fund, put in the first donation, and see how much you can collect for that person. At the end, if your collection doesn’t cover the whole cost, then pray and ask the Lord to provide the rest supernaturally. All of this is part of the love walk that we are supposed to engage in on a daily basis. If we’re not used to walking in love, it is so easy to get consumed with “what about me?” What we fail to realize as Christians is this life is NOT about us. If we take care of God’s business, He will take care of ours.

Now, I understand that there are certain prayers that people ask us to pray that only God can answer, and we are acting as an intercessor for them. We, as His ambassadors, can only do so much within our human strength, so if the prayer request is out of our hands, we should give it to God immediately. I would like to note though that the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us (see Romans 8:11). Jesus also said that the same works that He did we will also be able to do (see John 14:12). For example, you’re probably thinking “so-in-so is deathly ill” so that’s a prayer for God, right?  This may be true, but Mark 16:18 says that they (you being a believer) shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. So, even in a deathly situation, you perform a healing miracle! Yes, you have the power to heal through Jesus Christ. I’m finding that some things we should seek the Word about first to see if we can handle it through God instead of just expecting Him to do everything. In these cases, it wouldn’t hurt to pray a little prayer like, “Lord, your Word says (fill in the blank) and I believe that you will anoint and strengthen me to perform which is being asked through your power. Unto you does all the honor and glory belong for the miracle in which you are about to perform. In Jesus name, Amen!” When you pair the Word, your faith, and action together, God has to show up and show out!

We are partners with God and to be a partner with someone means that you work together. There will be certain prayers that God won’t answer because we have the capability of answering them ourselves, but there are also prayers that are out of our hands that He will step in and answer. As believers, we need to get in the Word and stay in prayer in order to be able to discern the difference between the two. Every morning ask God to send you someone to help and for Him to use you in a mighty way. He’s all over those types of requests. Your simple act of kindness could win a soul for Christ, and any soul won for the Kingdom is a win that’s worth it. I encourage you to be a blessing to someone today!

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