Daily Devotional – 10/29/18 “Pray specifically!”

On yesterday, while talking to my daughter and niece about prayer, I said to them they need to start praying, specifically. Specifically is defined as a way that is exact and clear or precise. See, when you pray, specifically, you tell God what it is you need, exactly. When you ask, specifically, you are being detailed in what you are expecting to get in return. In the middle of us talking, my husband calls and my daughter ask him to get her some hot fries and a dr. pepper from the store. I hang up from him and go back to our conversation. I tell them that a lot of times we send out a blanket prayer, “God bless me,” when God is already blessing us when He wakes us up, when He keeps us under His arm of protection, when He allows us to sleep in peace and etc. And sometimes, we find ourselves getting angry at God because we feel as though He isn’t giving us what we ask for. Well, what did you ask? In walks my husband. He hands my daughter a bag of hot fries and a dr. pepper. Her face forms into a frown. Why, well the hot fries he got wasn’t the hot fries she wanted. But get this, he got what she asked for because she wasn’t specific in her ask. Yes, she got what she asked for even if they weren’t what she wanted but had she asked, specifically, she would have gotten what she desired. What are you asking for?

Please understand something though, God will work with our prayers, however He will never give us something we aren’t ready for or capable of handling and He will not give us what doesn’t match with the purpose on our life. Nonetheless, you need to pray, specifically. In Mark 10:46, Bartimaeus is sitting on the side of the road yelling, “Son of David, have mercy on me.” Jesus heard him and called Bartimaeus to Him asking in Mark 10:51, What do you want Me to do for you?” In which he replies, ““Rabboni,” said the blind man, “I want to see again.”” Jesus needed to know what exactly Bartimaeus was in need of in order to meet His request. What are you asking of God and are you being specific? “God, I need you to come and see about me.” God does, every moment of our life, what specifically do you need Him to come and see about? “Oh Lord, have mercy on me?” God already has mercy on you, what else do you need? “God, bless our worship center.” God does, what else? “God, bless my finances.” God does when He doesn’t allow you to be without. Oh, you wanted Him to increase your finances? Oh, you wanted Him to heal the cancer and the migraines. Oh, you wanted that car or house? Oh, you wanted that kind of spouse? Oh, you wanted that type of blessing? Then baby, you need to pray, specifically.

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Daily Devotional – 3/9/18 “Two choices!”

God can give you an abundant blessing and it still will not grant you abundance if your mindset is limited. Think about this … God wants to stretch you, in every area of your life and what you’ve been praying for, finally shows up. The career you’ve been dreaming of which can give you the house, car and a few dollars in the bank but it’s in another state. The book idea that can soar you beyond your wildest imagination but it’s not what you’re used to writing about. The lead pastor position but it’s a church that is smaller than you pictured. A car but it’s not the model you pinned to your vision board. The spouse but they don’t fit the requirements on your list. The promotion but it’s not the department you wanted. The healing but it can only happen going a route you hadn’t planned on taking. And now you’re still stuck because the thoughts, in your mind, made you believe it was outside of your limits. What do you do now? Well you have two options.

Number one: You can hush and continue to bust your butt in that dead-end job. You can hush and continue to sleep in the room you grew up in at your parent’s house. You can hush and keep accepting the minimum because that’s what your mind has made you believe you’re worth. You can hush and keep stopping at the limit OR Number two: You can take the limits off. You can stop placing a limit on what you think you’re worth. You can act like the millionaire until your net worth matches your mindset. You can walk like the promotion until it reflects beside your name. You can walk like you’re healed until healing comes forth. You can act like your 2002 Nissan is a Benz until it’s parked in the garage. You can act like you are worthy of being a spouse until someone changes your last name. You can walk in the mega until it manifest itself. Baby, I may not be preaching to hundreds, down in Hollywood, MS but I act like I am. I may not have thousands in the bank but I act like I do. I may not walk in hundred-dollar shoes or dress in designer but I act like I do. You might now know my name when I walk in but I act like you do. Why? Because I’ve taken the limits off. I stopped praying for God to bless me with the amount of my monthly mortgage, I asked God to pay it off and then some. I stopped asking God for an amount to sustain me, just this week, God I need you to make me prosperous for the rest of my life. God’s word says in John 14:13, “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” So why are you putting a limit on your limitless God?