light switchI was speaking with a fellow Christian the other day who expressed reservations about their prayer life and how we are taught to pray.  For them, praying in authority and proclaiming the Promises of God in faith made them feel as if they were “demanding God to act”.  They shared that this made them feel uncomfortable due to the fact that we owe our everything to God and (in their opinion) have no right to demand of anything from Him.  (After all – who are we to demand?)

This is a fairly common perception by people who possess a lack of understanding when it comes to the Word of God and what it means to be the Righteous.  While, on the surface, it appears quite holy and humble to make statements such as this – in reality is an off-handed way of rejecting everything Christ purchased for us on the cross.  (I’m not insinuating the friend I was speaking to was purposefully thinking this… but it is the reality nonetheless).

In Psalm 34 we see Scriptural support for “demanding” of God… yet it isn’t how the phrase comes across when used in its correct stance.   Does God owe us anything?  NO… we owe Him everything!  But – we can “make a withdraw” on the power and promises God has outlined for us in His Word – and, in essence, make a “demand (or pull) from that power.  This is sort of like a demand is made on the Electric Company when you flip the light switch!

Let’s look at a couple of verse in Psalm 34 from the Amplified version which explains this:

“I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. – Psalm 34:4 AMP

 As you can see – the demand is made on what God has already said in His Word.  You and I (as believers) can come before Him in boldness and authority – based on what He has spoken in His unchanging Word.  The authority isn’t on our own merit… but on the merit of Christ on the cross.  The word “required” need not distract us into thinking we are coming arrogantly – but more so that we are activating a switch that He established many millennia ago for our use (Matt 7:7).

“O fear the Lord, you His saints [revere and worship Him]! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear.  The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.” – Psalm 34:9-10 AMP

Here again we see the “demand’ made upon the authority granted to us in His Word.  God has decreed that His people will not want for anything… and so I can stand in agreement upon that declaration – and in essence make a demand upon that Promise when I have a need.  I can look my situation right in the face and call upon the Lord based upon the already establish Word!

None of us (including you and me) will lack any beneficial thing…  we can take that to the bank!

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles. – Psalm 34:17 AMP

Earlier in verse 15 we are told that God’s eyes and ears are attentive to the cry of the righteous.  (The Righteous are those who have gained righteousness by accepting Jesus as Lord – 2 Cor 5:21).  Now, here in verse 17, we are promised that when we (the righteous) cry for help… not only does God hear us, but He will deliver us out of ALL our troubles.

All is all.

So as you progress through the Word – reading it each day – place yourself in the position of each Promise.  While it was written by David during a particular situation – it is also written FOR you and I in our particular situations!

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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