n order to get answers to your prayers, you must be willing to share the results. this is the principles, “what you sow you reap, give and it will be given unto you. it's the principle of generosity, the more you give out, the more GOD gives to you.”
if you expect GOD to bless your life you must be willing to bless other people’s lives with the same benefits GOD has given to you.
proverbs 21.13 (niv), if a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered. that’s a fact of life. GOD says that if you pay no attention to other people’s legitimate needs, then why should HE pay attention to your needs? HE wants us to be like HIM. HE says a pre-requisite for GOD to bless our lives is that we must be blessings to other people. if we ignore those who are in obvious difficulty around us, what right do we have to expect GOD to bail us out?
1 john 3.22-23 (niv). we’ve read the verse that says, we receive from HIM anything we ask because we obey HIS commands. what are HIS commands? the next verse: HIS commands are believe in the name of HIS SON JESUS CHRIST ... love one another as HE has commanded us. HE says one of the ways we keep commands is by loving other people.
what is he talking about? verse 17 (niv), if anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of GOD be in him? one of the ways we prove that we have love is we’re willing to be generous with other people. GOD blesses us so that we may bless others. this is the principle of stewardship. it's all through scripture – that GOD blesses us in order that we might be blessings to other people.
we are a channel. i would not presume to ask GOD to bless my business if i were not willing to at least give back a portion of what HE had blessed me with in a percentage, a tithe. you say, “i ask GOD for good health.” what are you going to do with that healthy body after you've got it? are you going to spend all the effort and energy on yourself or are you willing to help other people? one of the conditions for answered prayer is to be willing to help those less fortunate with the blessings which we are given.
just a thought from the front porch…