The acronym, P U S H has been used for “Pray Until Something Happens.” I should use it more. I have no intention of attempting to make you believe that I have the magic formula for making God do something for me via prayer. I do know that when I pray seriously, God changes the problem, the people or me, and sometimes all three.
Honestly, if the Lord gave me all things I have asked for over the years, they would fill up the world. The reason for denial is given in James 4:3, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” An honest evaluation of why we ask for something will, more often than not, reveal that our motive is clearly given by James 4:3. Humbling isn’t it.
On occasion we may have the urge to seriously pray and it seems as though there is no use in continuing. Yet, the Bible and history teach us that great victories are won when we with faith, even with broken hearts, pray. Who can ever forget the painting of General Washington on his knee in the brutal snow of Valley Forge asking the Almighty for intervention on behalf of the battle for liberty?
Robert Murry McCheyne stated, “If the veil of the world’s machinery were lifted off; how much we could find is done in answers to the prayers of God’s children.”
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