BRAY ALL YOU WANT TO BUT…. 2

 

donkeyBRAY ALL YOU WANT TO BUT GOD WILL NOT BE MANIPULATED

God will not be swayed into doing something because one of his “prophets” says he will.

One time in the midst of a need, I received an e-mail assuring me that “My day was going to be blessed, my prayer was going to be answered that day.” How exciting! I hoped it was true. It wasn’t.

I’ve heard people who definitely believed _____(fill in the blank) because Bro. Blank  said it was going to come to pass. God answers prayers prayed in Jesus’ name not in Bro. Blank’s name. Bro. Blank might be a wonderful son of God, but God is not going to be manipulating by Bro. Blank’s promise to you. That sounds very light-weight for most of you, my readers, but I can’t believe the loyalty some people have to a particular minister’s “word” to them.

God will not be forced into action by fasting (a hunger strike)

Thanks to my son, Carl, for bringing to my mind the following scripture. Isaiah 58:1-7 regarding Israel’s motivation for fasting. Fasting must not be a hunger strike! That’s about all I can say because I haven’t fasted much when I didn’t also have a “lose some weight” goal that nudged into my sincerity.  It will not work for manipulating God.  I heard about some prisoners who were on a hunger strike to get the warden to do something – I don’t remember what.  Don’t know what happened, but I doubt that it worked.  If I were the warden I would have saved the food money and put it in a penny bank!  And God is much smarter than I.  He would probably say, “All right, sit and pout – and get hungry.”

That scripture, however, is very appropriate to my subject. They say (Hayes translation) “You’ve seen us fasting and being hard on ourselves and you don’t care one whit!” God answers (Hayes translation) “Yes, I see, but you get no place yelling to make me hear your voices. What I want is for you to (verse 6).” In other words, fasting will get you no where if it is for the purpose of manipulating God!

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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2 Responses to BRAY ALL YOU WANT TO BUT…. 2

  1. this looks very familiar Oneta 🙂

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