Your Key Unlocks Other Doors

If this title doesn’t grab you nothing will.  What a strange concept.  We certainly expect our key to unlock our door, not someone else’s door.  Apparently, some explanation is required…

Let’s start with my definition of these terms.  The term ‘key’ or ‘keys’ refers to your prayers you make to God.  The ‘doors’ refers to the needs you, or someone else has.  So, we could rephrase the title to this blog posting to something like this, “Your prayers should be directed to the needs of others, not to your own.”

This concept goes against the grain, as it is common to think we would prayer first for our own needs, and then if time permits prayer for the needs of others.  After all, we all have needs we need God to meet.

But, there is a problem….

My experience has been that the more I pray for my own needs, the fewer answers I seem to get.  In fact, it might be said that my prayers only go as high as the ceiling and no further.  What is going on here?

The answer lies in our ability to train ourselves to look beyond our own world and see the needs of others.  I do say ‘train’ as it is not a natural thing to put other’s needs above our own.  We are born with a sense of self-preservation, and looking out for our own needs comes naturally.  It requires discipline and training and self-denial to think of the needs of others.

All of this is great, but what happens to us if we spend our time praying for others?  How are our own needs going to be met?  Aren’t they important, too?  Yes, they are, and as we learn to practice the effort to pray for others God will meet our own needs, Himself.

Does this mean we should not pray for our own needs?  No, not at all.  It simply means that if you want achieve the greatest success in your own life, the majority of your prayers need to be directed to the needs of others, and let God take care of your own needs.  If everyone does this, then we have others who are praying for our needs, just like we are praying for their needs.

But, what if we don’t know what their needs are?  That’s ok, God knows, and as you grow your prayer life He will provide guidance into what to pray for.  You don’t need to know the specific items.  There are basic needs every human being needs – health, strength, mental stability, emotional stability, employment, security, the means to provide for their families, relief from fear, stress, and comfort during times of grief, loss, and relationship difficulties.  There needs of feeling accepted, feeling wanted, feeling useful, feeling loved.  There needs that require miracles, and needs that require wisdom and understanding.  There needs for people in despair, loss of hope, and have feelings of giving up.  There are needs of being over-worked, under-worked, and indecision.

There are needs for those individuals who are suffering pain, who are facing disease, or who are enduring war, famine, or being tortured.  There are those who have no future, no opportunity, who have no reason to keep putting one foot in front of another.

Spend your time praying for those, and I think you will find God will find a way (or make a way) for your door to be opened.

In closing, let me finish with two prayer items I do think are appropriate for you to pray for yourself, and often:

  1. Forgiveness of our own sins – I suggest this to be your first prayer item, as it is important to be on right terms with God, before we begin asking Him for things.  We must gain a status of holiness in order to gain an audience with God, and there is really only one way to do that – we must be forgiven.
  2. Thanksgiving – in the midst of our requests and petitions we make of God, we sometimes forget to be thankful for what He has already done, and what He is currently doing.


One Response to “Your Key Unlocks Other Doors”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    Fantastic blog. You are dead on in this posting! Enjoyed it so much. Blessings as you continue to let God speak through you. You are a “key” to blessing others!

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