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DJ Martin (SingleFocus Ministry®)

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I found a Business Card on my front door one spring day. It was for a lawn service. When I called the phone number printed on the card, I expected to receive a reasonable quote. The price was indeed reasonable; therefore I commissioned them to groom my lawn. For days prior to the day they promised to service my lawn, I always brought up in conversation with co-workers and family that I had commissioned someone to groom my lawn. I confessed that my lawn would be mowed that week. On the agreed day which they promised to service my lawn, I eagerly anticipated and expected to go home to a manicured lawn. When I arrived, I indeed saw what I expected. I had never met the men, but after talking to one of them, I had expected them to fulfill their word. They did indeed fulfill their word as I expected.

These were mortal men. They had no super capes around their necks or wings on their feet or on their shoulders. Actually, I did not know what they looked like, yet I expected them to service my lawn, because they said they could. When I called them, I did not ask them to paint the house, feed the dog, or repair my car. Their services were limited to what was printed on their Business Card. Furthermore, I left them a payment of gratitude in a secret location prior to the completion of the work, because I expected them to do what I had asked them to do.

We frequently call on human beings with expectation and anticipation.  How is it that we are uncertain and waver in confidence of the outcome when we pray to or call on the true living God? His Business Card, the Holy Bible, boasts of a multitude of skills and abilities. He is not short of His power, strength nor His promises (2 Corinthians 1:20). We don’t know the limitlessness of His ability, unless we read His ‘Business Card’. If we read His ‘Business Card’ we know what He is exceedingly able to do (Ephesians 3:20). So if we know what He is able to do, when we call Him, shouldn’t we expect Him to do what He said He can do?

What do you expect when you pray?

One morning, a neighbor inquired about who takes care of my lawn. They saw how well it was kept and they wanted their contact information. Not only did I give them their telephone number, but I proceeded to tell them of their good attributes. They proceeded to call and hire them on my recommendation and the evidence of my well maintained yard. My neighbor expected to get the same results as I did, and they did indeed receive what they had expected.

Sometimes we pray or call on God because of the testimony of others. We have seen with our own eyes that He did a miraculous work for others. They boasted of Him because they had been healed, given favor, delivered or given peace, and they recommended that we also call on Jesus. I wonder, when we follow through on the recommendation of others, do we expect of the Lord as eagerly as we expect the lawn service of mere human beings?

What do you expect when you pray?

I remember while working a minimum wage job, telling co-workers that I was going to buy a house, though I had no money to purchase the home. My co-workers asked me, “How are you going to get a house?” They knew how much I earned, because they made the same salary. But God had confirmed to me that He was going to give me my own house. I was always reading His ‘Business Card’, so I eagerly expected and anticipated what He promised. I was always bringing it up in conversations, because I believed His promise. I took God at His word. Not only did I get the house, but I have more than one. I received what I expected from God, because I read His ‘Business Card’ (John 15:7).

Now, if we expect mortal men to do what their Business Card indicates they can do, shouldn’t’ we expect with even more anticipation exceedingly greater things when we call on God?

What do you expect when you pray?

“Is anything too hard for the LORD?” Genesis 18:14

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PSALM 41:1-3 (KJV)

Blessed is he that considereth the poor:

1. …the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

2. The LORD will preserve him,

3. …and keep him alive;

4. …and he shall be blessed upon the earth:

5. …and Thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

6. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing:

7. Thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

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Nineveh, capital of the Assyrian Empire, was wicked and violent. They were a mighty and brutal people with a population of nearly a million. The people were known for their cruelty: skinning their captives alive or maiming them or blinding them. They seemed to be especially cruel to the people of God.  As a matter of fact one of their Assyrian kings was so arrogant that he stated: “Who [was there] among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand (2 Chronicles 32:14)?” The Ninevehites worshiped idols such as Ishtar, the goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex, whose cult involved  prostitution. They were so violent and such a threat to Israel that the people were not safe just walking outside their city gates.  Yet when Jonah reluctantly went to Nineveh to preach their fate at the hands of the true and living God, these people not only did not kill the messenger, they listened and believed Jonah.  And their idol worshiping king, declared a fast.  Not only did the people fast, but all their livestock also.  This city who did not know Jonah’s God, fasted and prayed to the true and living God and at the command of their king who hoped; “Who’s to say that God will not change His mind and relent and turn away from His great anger, that we may not perish (Jonah 3:9)” Mercifully, God honored their fast and repentance, and spared Nineveh.

Here we are a nation birthed by the spirit of God.  A nation established on the precepts of the Bible. Now in this 21st century, a nation full of idolatry and immorality.  Here we are a nation suffering barrenness in the field as they kill babies every minute. Our teenagers are dying violently because of lawlessness or substance abuse.  Our land is burning from wild fires and/or from lack of rain. Cities are being wiped out by floods.  Unemployment is climbing and homeless shelters are growing in occupancy.  As government grows, economy declines and poverty rises, just as Nineveh surmised, we need a heavenly intervention!  This is a nation with more believers in the true and living God then not.  Surely if anyone should believe that fasting and prayer is our hope, it would be the people of this great nation. In hope that God will see our sincere repenting hearts, who knows if He will change His mind and relent and turn away from His great anger and not destroy this nation?  Surely He will answer our prayers, have mercy on us and rescue this land, and let there be peace and prosperity again, if we repent and turn from our wicked ways.  This is my prayer. This is my hope!

If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

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