This Ain’t Checkers

board-842392_1920 - pixabay use freelyYour life with Christ is not a game of checkers.  Checkers is the game where you make your moves with the goal of getting your piece to the other side of the board and you can announce, “king me.”

Too often we want that kind of control in our lives.  We make decisions, make our moves, and announce to the Lord that it’s time to king us “lords” over our own lives. But, when we’re praying, we’re going before THE LORD.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “Lord” as, “one having power and authority over others.” It then goes on to say that if the word is capitalized, as I’ve just done, it means God or Jesus.

The moment you become a Christ-follower you accept Jesus as the one who’s paid the penalty for your sin by dying on the cross as your Savior AND acknowledge Him as the complete “Lord” of your life.

This means that when we pray, we don’t ask Him to bless what we’ve decided to do – or fix things when what we’ve decided to do blows up in our faces; we pray to the One to whom we’ve turned our lives over for His total control.

Sorry to all you control freaks, but God does NOT want to be your co-pilot. He wants you to give Him the driver’s seat and you take a back seat to His will for your life.  He’s not interested in your childish proclamations of “king me.”  He’s looking for you to give Him the position of “Lord” in all your plans and activities.  Why?  Because we are praying to a Sovereign God.

Let’s look at today’s entry in the Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God.”

quoting from the Navigator tool:

God is sovereign.

God presides over every event, great or small, and He is in control of our lives. To be sovereign, He must be all-knowing and all-powerful, and by His sovereignty He rules His entire creation.

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. “  Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.        1 Chronicles 29:11–13   

When writing to Timothy, his young friend and fellow-worker, Paul plainly made the statement that he had a very clear understanding of a Sovereign God.

… until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.         1 Timothy 6:14–16   

Have you ever just prayed through the above verses?

Think about it…

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