Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu

Luke 16:9-11, “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

Many of us have a habit of making claims with no evidence to back them up. We mix up faith claims with assurance of faith. We sometimes make assumptions and hope God will back us up. So many of us have replaced faith with optimism. We believe if we declare something, and tag on a scripture God is obliged to ‘obey’ us. God is not a system, neither is He a force. Feed Him with data and codes and out comes the answer. He is a Person. If we talk to Him, He answers back. He said to Jeremiah‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know’ (Jer 33:3). Until He answers we keep calling. No presumptions.

One of the earliest lessons I learnt in my Christian life was about believing God for finance. The Holy Spirit taught me a big lesson about believing for something in prayer through finance. It’s such a fundamental truth about certain aspects of prayer that I will share my experience of God’s dealing with me in this area. You may find it helpful, although it may not apply to everyone.

It is an aspect of prayer we don’t often hear about. To the vast majority of believers prayer is about receiving answers from God. “The God that answers by fire, let Him be God” sort of thing. There is, however, another angle to prayer. It is the angle of proving to God that you can be trusted to get the job done through your prayers.

In other words, God is looking for partners. He wants to intervene in our lives, in our churches, in our community, in our nation. Now where can He find the prayer partner who has risen to the spiritual height of seeing his prayers answered on a consistent basis? Take the Olympics, for example. Prior to the games each country will hold national trials to select the best athletes to hopefully bring back the medals. The selectors are looking for sportsmen/women who can deliver.

This is similar to what the Holy Spirit does with us. He is watching and testing people who can see through to victory their personal challenges in mundane matters. It is those who show they can be trusted to deliver every time that the Spirit will trust with carrying the burden of prayer for bigger issues, like salvation of hardened sinners, persistent backsliders or revival.  

10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” God wants to see how I pursue Him in mundane matters like finance before He lay on me the burden for spiritual conflicts and matters of the Kingdom.

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