Since Satan is always putting obstacles in our way, we should pray that the Lord will be with us in our challenges because the Christian life is very difficult (Matthew 6:34).
While it may seem an unexpected question, should we pray for our blessings in the same way?
God blesses us immeasurably if we’re in Christ (Ezekiel 34:26; Ephesians 1:3). He wants to open the windows of heaven for his faithful children (Malachi 3:10). But with blessings come responsibility.
Hezekiah was a godly man who expelled idols and brought God’s will to the land (2 Kings 18:1-8). Years later, he was near death and he begged God for more time and the Lord granted him fifteen more years (2 Kings 20:1-6).
However, Hezekiah repaid the Lords’ grace and mercy by refusing to give God credit for his wealth and God brought a curse on his household (Isaiah 39).
Earlier in their history, Israel had God’s guidance and protection in the wilderness but they rejected it (Numbers 11:1-14).
Blessings are a challenge, as well. Not everyone can handle them.
We allow the flesh to bring in vanity, ingratitude, selfishness and a host of other sins. God provides for us but he won’t do it by the standards of the wealthy and ungodly.
Therefore, brethren, let us constantly pray that we will develop the proper attitudes about our blessings.
How can we do that?
- Allow the gospel to transform our expectations (Romans 12:1-2).
- Develop spiritual vision by focusing on heaven (John 14:1-6).
- Develop a humble spirit (James 4:10).
- Develop a less materialistic mindset (Matthew 6:33).
We can easily take God’s gifts for granted and think that God owes us for our allegiance. However, that is absurd (Acts 17:25). God hates ingratitude so we must always pray that we will be attentive and grateful for the blessings God gives us because he can always take them away.