Prayer Email archive:
(03/19/2001) not what I don't have
|Hello prayer warriors,
1. Prayer note: not what I don't have
I recently talked on perspective, on how we are to see
change in our lives. Some of these revelations came
from Dr. John Lim's tape and I find that they have
impacted my life.
I've mentioned before that the most important element
of stewardship is faithfulness. The next is probably
this ... that we are to be stewards over what God has
given us. We can only be good stewards of what God has
given us when we focus on what we have and not on what
we do not have.
This is probably one of the first important revelation
on perspective: FOCUS on what you have and not on what
you do not have.
Let us look at the parable that Jesus gave of the
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling
into a far country, who called his own servants, and
delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another
two, and to another one; to every man according to his
several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went
and traded with the same, & made them other 5 talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also
gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in
the earth, and hid his lord's money.
Why did the person with the one talent dig into the
earth and place his money there? Probably because he
was not focussing on what he had but on what he did
not have. He got the least of the talents. He could
have looked at the other servants and questioned why
he got less than the others. He could have been bitter
and envious and decided that his master was not fair.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came
and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man,
reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where
thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in
the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
Look at his reply to his master. It was one of anger
and of bitterness and of negative emotions. He chose
in the end to hide his talent in the ground. He saw
his master as a hard taskmaster and reacted to what he
thought was an unfair situation. If he has focussed on
what he had, he would have had been a good steward and
be able to multiply what his master has given him.
How do you see God now? Is He the hard taskmaster who
has been unfair to you? Is your portion in life going
to be small and insignificant because Your Lord is
just not fair to you? Or is He the loving Father who
gives you all good things ... who places you in places
where He can prosper you? If we learn to focus on what
we have, God can cause the smallest grain of seed that
He has placed into our hands to blossom and grow into
a fruitful vineyard. It is all a matter of having the
right perspective and changing your mind to focus on
what you have and not on what you do not have.
2. New prayer requests:
i. Car sale -- guest
ii. Deliverance -- guest
iii. Prayer for My Job -- gmles
iv. Pray For my Need, Mom in Texas -- guest
v. Prayer for my Sister-In-Law -- susankayphillips
vi. Love, Unity, Togetherness! -- guest
vii. God is opening Doors for Me! -- guest
viii. Pray for a friend who accidently may have come
in contact with HIV -- capguy
3. Number of prayer warriors: 740
We welcome nikkilynn, danny, bja, drumania, nancyjh,
miss ellie, hutain, belandden, judy2, blue_bird02,
carolyn mitchell, happymattie, ybeerens and humbelani
into our prayer group.
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