Tonight I read a posting on Facebook that concerned me. The message seemed to be that if you want God’s blessings all you have to do is pray to Him with sufficient faith and you can “claim” them. This undermines the Word of God’s teachings that God is not a mere force to be manipulated if and when human beings see fit. He is a Person in His own right who answers prayer not merely in accordance with our wishes and needs (which can often be misguided and short-sighted) but in accordance with His will:
1 John 5:14
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
We know that God can be trusted completely, His heart is good and perfect:
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
So we know that even though circumstances may arise in our lifetimes that seem perplexing or challenging, God is able to work all things to the good for those who love Him. He alone has a birds-eye perspective on our lives and can make decisions that are in our best long-term interests:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
This has certainly proven true in my own life as I, like many others, have battled circumstances that would surely have defeated me without strong faith in Christ. I have been sustained through loss of health and income, just to name a few trying situations that have come my way recently. God even kindly restored my relationship with other family members (which fractured when I first came to faith in 2004), resulting in them being more open and positive towards Christianity than they were previously.
For a more detailed exposition on the “name it and claim it” false doctrine, kindly see: