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The Decisions We Make for God

Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” I take this verse literally. Scriptures do not provide an approved list of requests or problems that God will entertain but common sense tells us not every request is appropriate. Asking God to cause harm your enemies or help you make money from an illegal scheme etc. would not be appropriate.

It seems some seem to think that asking God for help is not appropriate because He’s too busy or the request is too minor. In 1999 when Kay and I were considering buying an antique mall we were performing our due diligence with CPAs, attorneys, insurance experts and other business people whose opinion we valued. During a discussion with my father about how things were going, I gave him an update and told him that God was the most valued expert. Dad said he did not believe God worked that way. We should reserve request for major matters. This was a major matter for us. I was not asking for God to make the decision but for His guidance through the decision process. Yes, if we bought the mall then for His continued guidance as we tried to make it a success.

That encounter started me thinking that at times we make a decision for God. We decide what He is interested in or what He’s got time to listen to. It could be that we decide what He can do or is willing do. Every day I ask that He take away COVID. That does not seem like an unreasonable request. He CAN do it because He is God. Will He? That’s up to Him.

God loves us so He wants us to tell HIM in prayer what’s on our hearts and our minds. He always has time for you. If it’s important to you then it’s also important to God. Never doubt what God can do!! Let Him decide what He WILL do!


Thanks!Do not make these decisions for Him! He can make them Himself!

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