Y is for Yes! (Let's chat about this prosperity gospel thing...)
January 23 - January 27, 2023 | Always Peachy Devotionals | P.R.A.Y. + R. Week 4
Happy Fourth Week of January!
This month is screaming past, have you noticed that? I hope each and every one of you are staying warm and staying safe out there. The world is just a crazy place, you know?
This week we’re getting to the fun stuff of our topic on prayer. Everything we have studied up until this point has been work compared to this.
In week one, we talked about Praise and how we should begin our prayer time by acknowledging who God is and that He is worthy of our adoration.
In week two, we talked about Repent, which is us getting our hearts right before God and admitting that He knows best.
In week three, we talked about Ask, which is making our requests known to God.
This week, we’re talking about YES. Because, as we’ll discover this week, God has said yes to all His promises, and that means we can believe that they will happen.
We do have to be careful with this concept in many instances, though, and I am praying for wisdom in how I put words to this. Because I don’t want to mislead anyone.
We live in a time where the prosperity gospel has wreaked havoc on faith. So many evangelists and preachers like to tell us that God wants us to be happy, that God wants us to have whatever we want, and all we have to do is donate to their ministry and God will answer whatever outlandish prayer they are praying. This is NOT true, and this week we’re going to get into the nitty gritty of what IS true when it comes to believing God will answer our prayers.
This week, Y is for Yes:
January 23 - What God says
January 24 - Who Jesus is
January 25 - Why your faith matters
January 26 - Why doubt matters
January 27 - What God gives us
For our memory verse this week, we’re continuing on with our study of the Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:12.
This is such an important part of our prayer life. The previous verse is a request for basic needs. This is a request for forgiveness, for God to forgive what we have done against Him. But there’s an important caveat: “As we forgive those who sin against us.”
It’s understood that if we are going to ask God to forgive us, we have already forgiven those who have sinned against us. Whew. Much easier said that done. But it’s something that matters to God enormously, which could be a study in itself.
Ask God to forgive you, yes, but don’t neglect forgiving others. If you don’t forgive those who have hurt you (forgive, not restore, that’s different), why do you expect God to forgive you? It’s a tough question. One that requires some chewing.
Let’s chew on it together this week, shall we?
Love you guys!
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