He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination (Proverbs 28:9). Put another way, God hates foolish people who pray. You must understand that God is HOLY and He takes coming before Him as serious business. Similar to a meeting with your CEO or the President of the company. You address the individuals that write your checks differently then say a person on the street.
We must be extremely careful when addressing God and speaking on His behalf. No one goes unpunished for speaking like a false prophet. Better to qualify your words for clarity sake before God and man. If you are speaking on behalf of God, it better be His Words or you will pay dearly.
People are praying against COVID-19, but did you ask God about it? Who brings pestilence in the Bible? God or Satan? When the disciples ask Jesus, how should we pray? What did Jesus say? Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done. They kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The very first thing we pray for is the kingdom of God and God’s will be done. His will is to judge the earth of sin, redeem sinners, and create a new earth. Are you praying God’s will or your own? Is your vision, the vision of God or your own?
Many ministers have shouted and sing about God’s victory over COVID-19 and have been struck by the disease and have died. I ask again? Who in the Bible sends pestilence is it God or Satan? Are you praying God’s will or your own? Have your prayers become abominations? Be careful, when you speak or pray in public on behalf of God.
When calamity of any kind strikes the believer you should never be shocked and/or surprised. Why? Because God has already disclosed within His Word that trials, tribulations and persecutions would come. As a believer in Jesus Christ your life should bear the marks of Jesus Christ. To live as a Christian is to die as a sinful man and behold all things become new. You should not have trials because of sin, but out of your righteous living the trial is from the enemy of us all and his name is Satan.
While it is unlikely you will deal with the Satan cast down from heaven, he has many servants that are just like him that will fill in. You will have to war with them in your flesh and no amount of anointing or being filled with the Holy Spirit will end this war. Expect to fight the good fight of faith until you shed this flesh. There is no relief in this battle, but daily we must come before God to receive grace in our times of need. Paul said, when I would do good, evil is present. As one that casts out demons, I can assure you evil spirits dwell within your home, if they are not inside you physically because of your chaste lifestyle.
A proper mindset will guard your heart against false expectations and let downs. A proper mindset will set you up to believe God and draw from Him for everything you require. God is faithful and God is upfront about the difficulty faced in serving Him and entering His eternal kingdom. Few find it. Let us continually look up from whence cometh our help. For that is our expected end.
The Lord has the best prescription for life. The only prescription that allows you to keep what you have earned in your labor. All labor is for the wind outside the will of God. For in death, you cannot keep anything you labored to receive. You may have the highest position on earth and a good name among many and still miss the mark and enter the pit. It is important that are heart remain on Jesus.
For the Bible teaches us that our affections must be placed on things above and not beneath. To be carnally minded is death. Measure your life by the correct rod and understand the will of the Lord. To be treasured and qualified, you must know and follow Jesus Christ. To be treasured and qualified, you must love the Lord. If we do not follow the Lord Jesus Christ and reject the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are not treasured and we are qualified for rejection.
Whatever gift God has given you, use it to glorify Him. Remember, the measure of a man and woman is defined by God. Our desire is to make God smile. When God smiles, your future is bright and when God is angry, your future is dreadful.
Listen to the Word of the Lord:
But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. (Luke 12:5).