By David Boxton-
Many of us have experienced the devil placing his hands over our mouths in order to keep us from calling the name of Jesus during a semi dream-like state of being? Evidently the enemy–who wants to kill us–is aware that he will have to keep us from speaking the name of Jesus.
Our breakthrough comes by calling on the Lord. Should we follow the advice of people who teach that things we’re faced with–those things that have a negative report–should not be spoken? Should we apply to our lives the teaching of those that insist we should not speak of things that aren’t associated with prosperous living, great health, and victory? If by making mention of the things that concern us, would we then cause the negative aspects of those things to become our reality? Regarding a hot day, should I claim it’s not hot, so that I will somehow be protected from the heat? Is the Christian life a practicing discipline of mind over matter? We shouldn’t deny our present reality, believing that by doing so we somehow protect today’s reality from being tomorrow’s truth. For the Christian, God’s chosen vehicle to unify us in prayer are the issues we are faced with in this life. Not just personal issues, but all the things mankind is faced with. We are to have faith in God and His abilities, not faith in our ability to keep our mouths closed when in fact, they should be opened.
When we feel hurt, pain, betrayal, fear, rejection, disapproval; when we are unfairly treated or harassed, we should immediately tell the Lord all about it. If our home is on the brink of foreclosure, our accounts are overdrawn, our child’s court date lingers, our mother’s abusive boyfriend is freed on bail, we should bring those things to the Lord. Repeating “Don’t speak that,” is lunacy at its best. God is real and He can take care of real issues. If the doctor says I have tumors, altzheimers, crippling arthritis, AIDS, hepatitis, kidney disease, or any other negative diagnosis, I am not going to keep quiet–not speaking those things, I am going to speak to the Lord and to my Christian brothers and sisters concerning those diagnoses.
Even though God knows everything already, He has yet to hear it from me, that is, until I go into His presence. He doesn’t just want to hear me call His name in times of trouble, He wants to hear the issues of my life, spoken from me to Him. He wants to have communion with those He loves. He wants to demonstrate His love for all of us by seeing about our needs.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4: 6-7).”