One of the hardest things for us to learn about prayer is contending. Why does God make us wait for what He wants us to have? If He is a good Father, then why does He make us ask continuously?

It all has to do with our spiritual capacity and character to handle the true riches of the Kingdom. As we earnestly cry out for the things of the Kingdom, our spirits become enlarged to receive the blessing of God. Sometimes we attempt to shortcut this process and gain things the wrong way.

Jesus was offered the kingdoms of this world by Satan. Luke 4:5-8 This was all to be the Lord’s after completing His work. Matthew 28:18-20 Satan always plans to give you what you want by avoiding the ancient pathway. It seems excellent until the cost is your disconnection from God.

God’s way is digging out a cistern in you through the contending process. This process involves you asking in prayer, trusting His timing, and allowing Him to do the needed work in you.  

Jer. 2:13 For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and they have hewn for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns which cannot hold water.
(Jeremiah 2:13 AMP)

The Bible declares this.

Prov. 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.
(Proverbs 14:12 AMP)

God’s ways are far above ours. They are full of His divine wisdom and are authentic ways.

Is. 55:6 Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.
Is. 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
Is. 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
Is. 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
(Isaiah 55:6–9 NKJV)

Contending creates in you a reservoir for God to pour His blessing. Without it, the gift flees and washes away. It also opens doors for others. The whole assembly is blessed when a congregation member contends and receives the breakthrough.  

Jer. 6:16 This is what the LORD says: Stand by the roadways and look. Ask about the ancient paths: Which is the way to what is good? Then take it and find rest for yourselves. But they protested, “We won’t!”
(Jeremiah 6:16 HCSB)

So, please return to the ancient paths and walk in them. You will find the true riches of the His Kingdom waiting for you along the way.

Pastor L.

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