To Whom We Pray Matters

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011

The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.  Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance. (Ps. 33:11-12)

If the GOD of the Bible is real (and if we call ourselves Christians this is a pre-requisite of our faith), then it matters to whom we pray.  There is a HUGE difference between acknowleding the one true GOD as GOD and interacting with random “spirits” or gods.

First let us be clear on one point.  If GOD as revealed in the Bible is real, then reality is much more than what we experience with our five natural senses. The invisible, supernatural, spirit realm is real!  There are two sides to this spirit realm:  those who are with GOD and those who are opposed to GOD.  There are only these two sides and there is no “safe” middle ground.  As Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me..” (Matt. 12:30)

God is Supreme.  All other supernatural powers are less than He.  They have to be because He is the only Creator.  He is the only One who was not created, is eternal and unchanging, is, was and is to come.

To be part of GOD’s kingdom, we have to acknowledge Him as King.  This isn’t because He needs our acknowledgement.  He IS who He is (and has always been).  Our opinion will never change that.  We need to acknowledge His position in our life, or He will honor our free will choice to make something else more important than He is and leave us on our own.  He honorings our choices out of love for us.

Adam and Eve were cast from the intimate, eternal presence of GOD not as much because they ate of the forbidden apple, but because this action meant they had put the serpent above GOD in authority over their lives by following what the serpent said instead of what God had said.  In essence, GOD honored their choice to accept Satan’s authority over His own.

GOD never has described His realm as a democracy.  It can’t be.  He is the One with all the power, wisdom and plan.  We are the created and will never equal the Creator.  He is the Father; we the adopted children.  He is the Master; we the servants.  He is LOVE; we let His love flow through us to others His way.

For years now there has been a trend in society to discount GOD, spreading into society’s subconscious that we can live whatever way we want because GOD is love and mercy, therefore He will love us no matter our choices.

True, He is love and mercy and His love is infinite and neverending.  But He loves us so much, He honors our free will choices.  We are either with Him or against Him.  If He is our GOD (which presupposes we honor and treat Him as such), then He is our covering: He loves us, forgives us, protects and provides for us.  If we do not choose Him to be GOD through our actions which are a direct result of our faith, then because He loves us so much, He honors our choice and leaves us to our own devices.  No one will enter the kingdom of GOD for whom GOD is not King and Supreme Being in their lives.

Thus is matters who we worship!  It matters to whom we direct our prayers!  It matters where we place importance and whom we make our priority!  It matters if we look ANYWHERE else for answers!  Looking to any other source as the answer to our problems (i.e., money, horoscope, mediums, lottery, good luck, good vibes, a person in authority for favor, etc.) puts these in position of god over our lives instead of GOD.  It matters whether we think GOD is in control or if we think we rule our own destiny!  It matters whether or not we seek to listen for His voice and try to follow where He leads (as Jesus, our example, did) or just live oblivious to His will, expecting His blessing.

We need to get back to the basics of GOD as GOD.  We need to realize there is nothing else we need besides Him and His Lordship over us.  He takes care of everything else.  All we have to do is give Him first place, listen and obey.

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matt. 6:31-33)

What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?  Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them….Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves and idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like an animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below.  And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars – all the heavenly array – do not be enticed to bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven….After you have had children and grandchildren and have lived in the land a long time – if you then become corrupt and make any kind of idol, doing evil in the eyes of the LORD your God and arousing his anger, I call the heavens and earth as witnesses against you this day that you will quickly perish from the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.  You will not live there long but will certainly be destroyed.  The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and only a few of you will survive among the nations to which the LORD will drive you.  There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell.  But if from there you will seek the LORD your God, youw ill find him if you seek with all your heart and with all your soul.  When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the LORD your God and obey him.  For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath….Acknowledge and take heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on earth below. There is no other.  Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the LORD your God give you for all time. (Deut. 4:7-9,15-19,25-31,39-40)

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Remember to view the new song, “One Nation Under God” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  Share the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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