When was the last time you prayed? Maybe it was the other day when you were studying for final. Maybe it was last week when your mother was in the hospital. Maybe it was last year when your sister was in a serious accident. Or maybe it was this past Sunday at church. Whenever it was, all of us at one time or another have prayed. Many of us didn’t know exactly what to say, all we knew was we needed to pray.
Jesus’ disciples wanted more than just a prayer because they needed something. They wanted to know how to continually talk to God and Jesus responded to their question in Luke 11:2-4 when He said, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
How is your prayer life? Do you pray just when you need something or do you have a continual prayer life with the Father. God wants to communicate with us. He enjoys fellowshipping with us. And by the way, He stills answers those other prayers as well.
The Barna Group states that only 3% of churchgoers actually tithe on a regular basis. Think about it this way, if you have a church of 100 people, then only 3 of those people tithe every time they get paid. So, who does this hurt?
Some people will tell you that the church needs your money. To be honest, it helps but as I have experienced in my own church, God has always and will always provide the needs for His church.
I believe that it is hurting the individuals, those who aren’t being obedient to God’s word. Malachi 3:9 tells us that if we don’t give our tithes then we are cursed. Verse ten even encourages us to test God and see if He will not bless us. Verse eleven says that God will not destroy the fruit of your ground and verse twelve tells us that nations will call us blessed. All of this just because we were obedient and gave God the first fruits of our labors, the tithe.
Could this be the reason why so many churchgoers seemed to be hurting; because they didn’t give God their first fruit?
I can honestly say that I am a blessed Pastor with a blessed church and I see blessed people in my congregation. I get to hear amazing stories of how God is blessing the families of my church because they have been obedient to what God is calling them to do. I believe that you too can be blessed if you walk in obedience and tithe.