It sounds harsh. It sounds cliché’. It sounds awkward. It sounds backwards. Why would you pray to the Lord for a family you know to have food… when YOU have been blessed with food YOU can take to them? Why would you pray for God to provide your neighbor the money to fix the hole in his sheet rock when YOU do that for a living and could bless him with your trade skills? Yeah, it might cost you some time and some money… but it’s not yours to begin with… is it?
Don’t pray for things you can do yourself for others. Use your prayer time for praying for the supernatural things you CAN’T fill. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you can’t pray for your neighbors or people you know – you should! But don’t be lazy in your prayer time praying for things over and over again… God might not be answering you because He is waiting on YOU to fulfill that need.
CHALLENGE: Who do you know right now that you can bless through money, food, clothes, talents, material or time? (Think hard) Now think of what they need. (Think hard) Now set it up today to bless someone!
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
2Help carry each other’s burdens. In this way you will follow Christ’s teachings.