Praying for Blessing
“And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you.” (Galatians 3:29)
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am ready to hear Israel’s prayers for these blessings, and I am ready to grant them their requests.” (Ezekiel 36:37)
The blessings and promises of God are worth far more than anything on this earth. We as Christians should know this! Yet we live our lives out of the promises of God. For although they belong to us, we fail to ask God for them, we fail to live with complete trust in our Father.
One thing we need to know before we begin, is these promises given to us by God, are not given to us because we deserve it! In the very same chapter of Ezekiel, the Lord says, “I am bringing you back again but not because you deserve it.” Christ did not die on the cross to save us because we deserved to be saved. In fact until we are convicted of how sinful we are and how truly loving the Lord’s Grace is, death’s fragrance will follow us where ever we go.
What! I have no sin and who are you to tell me that I have done wrong? Please don’t be foolish, my heart breaks when people reject the only life there is. Take a moment to realise that God is ready to shower His blessings on you. For Christ is the greatest gift of blessing you will ever know.
So, how then do we know that the promises of God belong to us? Well, simply because God says so. With Christ comes everything else God gives. Further proof is shown in Galatians, where Paul illustrates that we are the ‘true children of Abraham’. I know, Abraham is not God but he is the person that God gave His promises to. Of Abraham, God said, “all nations will be blessed through you.”
Abraham is an example of not being saved because he deserved it, but because he had faith. He received the promises of God because he trusted God, he believed. We too inherit the same promises when we believe in Christ and in all that He has done.
The promises of God belong to us! That is where we often stop short. I believe that Ezekiel reveals the hidden truth of our mistake. Asking God for what He has already promised is not sinful, rather it brings Glory to Him. Let me be careful to state; beware, for it is the heart that reflects if it is sinful! Our asking of God is a reflection of our faith in His promises.
We know that they are given to us and we believe that God will fulfil them. For the Lord said, “I am ready to hear Israel’s prayers for these blessings.” Our pray is a conviction that God’s promises will come true, both in our asking and in our thankfulness. Let us not forget, that it is our thankfulness that ends and proves our faith. This faith brings Glory to God our Father.
So pray for the promises of God, pray for His blessings. Then thank Him for who He is and for all he has done and is doing. I pray that you will encounter God, that you will see how truly wonderful Christ is. Oh, then God’s Glory will shine forth for all to see.