I don’t know about you, but occasionally I need a dose of good news or a positive message. That’s when I tune into Joel Osteen. He recently televised a sermon that resonated with me. His topic was praying in faith.
Joel said that when we pray in faith and in the Lord’s will, He hears and answers. That means if we pray with faith to be free of an addiction, situation or illness – anything that makes our life miserable, God will heal us, deliver us or whatever we need. He will cut that thing that we want rid of off at the source right when we ask Him.
It may seem like the thing we prayed against is still thriving, but it won’t last long. He gave the analogy of putting a rose in water. When you cut a rose from a bush and put it in water, it still lives but will eventually wither and die because it’s no longer connected to the source of its life. It may seem like the thing we prayed to be gone is still living, but God has cut it off at the source. We just don’t know how long it’ll take to wither and disappear. If we don’t do anything to perpetuate those things and believe God has removed it, it will go away.
So, when we pray, we are to thank to Lord for ridding us of something or changing our circumstances – even if it hasn’t happened yet. We are to believe God will eradicate it or things will change. In other words, we should live in faith and a spirit of thanksgiving. When we do that, it is a healthy way to deal with life and gives us a more positive mindset. It causes us to concentrate on our blessings rather than our troubles. Giving thanks to God honors Him and His care for us. It also shows Him we have turned everything over to Him and trust Him to take care of it. We don’t keep taking it back and worrying about it.
The one thing that was not mentioned in the sermon was that though God will remove or change a circumstance, it may not always be the way we want Him to change or fix it. We must have faith that whatever He does, it for our good, and He has a plan of hope and a future for us both earthy and eternal.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11