Not As Beggars

When we come to the Lord in prayer, we do not come as beggars. Jesus said, “I have called you friends” (John 15:15, NKJV). Not only do we come to Him as our Friend, but as a joint heir in the Kingdom Of God. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:12, NIV).

A person of faith does not need to beg. Seeking God and calling out for Him to work in our life is different from begging. A believer knows that God can and ultimately will work on their behalf.

A person with little or no faith is concerned that God will not work and is pleading for Him to change His mind. In such a person, praying can become more of a doubtful hope than a confident petition.

God is moved by trust. While He is touched by our need, He responds to our faith. Bringing loved ones and heartfelt concerns to God shows we trust Him with things that are precious to us. It demonstrates our faith in Him. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV). When we pray in faith, it is a testimony of our trust in Him and His goodness.

Begging has a measure of manipulation within it – “If I can just show God that I really need it, maybe He will move on my behalf.” Begging also carries with it a strong element of doubt. You beg from someone who may be indifferent to your situation and may or may not choose to help.

Seeking God on a foundation of faith shows confidence and expectation. When you pray in faith believing, you are calling on someone you know cares and is able to help. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord” (James 1:6-7, KJV).

When we come to Lord, we should not be anxious or worry. We should, in faith, simply convey our prayers and supplications to Him. We should come to Him with thanksgiving for all He has done and with confidence in what He is going to do. We come not as beggars, but as His children.  “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, NKJV).

But God has listened. He has heard my prayer. Praise God. He did not ignore my prayer. He did not hold back his love from me(Psalm 66:19-20, IBC).


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