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DO YOU PRAY AS EQUALLY WHEN THINGS ARE GOOD, AS WHEN THEY ARE BAD?

Do you pray as equally when things are good, as when they are bad?
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EPHESIANS 6:18

“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”

Pray during Bad Times

God wants us to pray at all times, but certainly when we are in a bad situation. The Lord says that He is close to everyone who calls on His name, but it must be in truth (Psalm 145:18). All we have to do is ask God for His help (Luke 11:9). God is in our pain in the sense that Jesus understands our weaknesses, pain, and suffering, so we have a High Priest that can sympathize with us and knows what we’re going through (Heb 4:15). God has promised to deliver the righteous from all their troubles, and God says He will hear us (Psalm 34:17).

Pray at All Times

When we pray only during bad times, we are shutting ourselves off from God’s blessing upon our lives. It also tells God that we only want to talk to Him when things are bad. Do we only talk to friends when things are bad? Don’t we also talk to our friends when things are going good? Don’t we share with our friends when good things happen to us, during times of success? Yes, so why not give God the same respect we give to our friends when we should be putting God above all of our friends, family, and anyone else in our life. During good times, praise God for all of the marvelous blessings that He’s bestowed upon us. During good times, bad times, and all the times in between–we are told to pray at all times (Eph 6:18), and if you need help to know what to pray for or how to pray for something, the Spirit of God is always there to help us when we can’t put them into words (Rom 8:26).

Pray during Good Times

We are commanded to pray at all times (Luke 18:1), continually (Col 4:2), without stopping (1 Thess 5:17) and to be praying thanksgiving to God for all the good He has done for us (1 Tim 2:1). Did you know that the will of God is that we are to give thanks for everything that happens to us, good and bad (1 Thess 5:18)? Don’t we want to do God’s will? If you offer Him thanksgiving, God sees it as the same thing as a sacrifice, so give thanks to His name (Heb 13:15).

A CLOSING PRAYER

Righteous Father, I have so much to be thankful for…even the bad things that happen to me are for my own good (Rom 8:28), so please accept my thanks for all You have done for me…for the good times, the times when I tend to forget your goodness, and even for those things that are hard to go through. I know that You have promised to never leave or forsake me (Heb 13:5), even though I do forsake You at times of prayerlessness. Thank You for saving me, and to You be all the glory. It is in the righteous name of Your Great Son Jesus Christ I pray.

AMEN

 

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Are believers in Christ little gods?

 

The teaching that believers in Christ are “little gods,” is patently unscriptural. It is an erroneous interpretation of the Scriptures promulgated by a number of high-profile pastors and teachers of the Word of Faith movement. These would include Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Paul and Jan Crouch, Fred Price, and Joyce Meyer. Aside from teaching that believers are “little gods,” those of the Word of Faith movement also advocate the “prosperity gospel,” which is also unbiblical.

Those who promote the false teaching that believers are “little gods” use as their primary proof text a passage in Psalms which reads, “You are gods, sons of the Highest, all of you” (Psalm 82:6). They further claim that Jesus affirmed that we are “little gods” when He quoted this passage in john 10:34. Then they take Hebrews 1:3(Jesus is “an exact representation” (NIV) of God’s being) and John 14:12(“whoever believes in [Jesus]” will do what Jesus did) to say that believers today can do everything God can do, and more!

Such an interpretation of psalm 82:6is a classic example of taking Scripture out of context. This passage addresses the judges of Israel in the Old Testament. Psalm 82:6does does not say “you are gods” because the judges were divine but because they represent god when they issue a judgment and exercise civic power. Psalm 82:6is a warning to the “gods” of this world that they are still under the true God’s authority. For more study on this passage, see our article here.

Isaiah makes it clear that God is the only true and living God, that there are no “gods,” little or otherwise, except Him: “Before me, no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me” (Isaiah 43:10). The apostle Paul affirms this truth: “For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many ‘gods’ and many ‘lords’— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through who are all things and through whom we exist” (1 Corinthians 8:5-6).

No, believers are not “little gods” despite what the Word of Faith teachers proclaim. In essence, these people are calling God a liar: “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last; besides me, there is no god'” (Isaiah 44:6).

Supporters of the “little gods” idea twist the Scriptures and contradict what the Bible actually teaches. They should be reminded of what the psalmist says of those called “gods”: “like men you shall die, and fall like any prince” (Psalm 82:7). In other words, the Bible affirms the humanity of so-called “gods” in this world.

As believers, we reflect God’s image through our love for one another and our faithful obedience to His will (John 14:15;1 John 3:24). Only God is divine. Man is not divine and never will be. Only God is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. Only God can create with words. Only God can save.

By declaring ourselves to be “little gods,” we attempt to make ourselves equal to Him. Without question, this is the very height of arrogance and is nothing more than self-worship and self-glorification. There is nothing new under the sun. The lie that we are “little gods” is the same lie the serpent told Eve in the Garden: “you will be like God” (Genesis 3:5).