I was not raised by parents who believed in the Lord, but they whom I dearly love were vehement about teaching us manners like saying please and thank you to them and others. With people I minded my manners at least outwardly in word but not always in my selfish heart. But for a long time after I became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, devastatingly I did not take the lesson to heart with Him. I wonder if you can relate.
I came under the false prosperity gospel / name-it-claim-it teaching for several years and was essentially taught I could and should DEMAND God give me whatever I wanted when I wanted it. There was no “please” involved, not a genuine one in the heart anyway. As for “thank you”, I had a horrible self-centered entitlement complex for years even before I believed in Jesus and was convinced I should get what I wanted and pridefully believed I knew what was best for me not to mention everyone else!
The false teaching only worsened my terrible, arrogant, spoiled, selfish, often self-pitying attitude. Why should I make a big effort if any at all to tell God thank you for anything? After all, wasn’t God up in the sky so I could wave my magic wand and tell Him what I wanted? The false teaching puffed me up more and more. How ludicrous, hideous, and appalling was my heart when it came to saying please to God and thank you for anything.
Never mind I didn’t realize we are to pray according to God’s will for our lives! I was so far from understanding God’s truth as He teaches us in the Bible. That He knows what is best and that we are to pray in line with His will and ways. And that we are to humble ourselves in praying to Him and asking for things. And that we are to express our heartfelt thanksgiving to Him not just when He answers our prayers the way we hope He will, but at all times because He is God and is perfect in all He does including in hearing and responding to how we cry out to Him.
Can you relate to any of this? If you can, humble yourself, turn away from any and all sin, seek His forgiveness, and use manners with God almighty. Including please and thank you!
Father, I am horrified when I look back at how I lived and acted and how I thought for so very long. I praise you that you didn’t leave me there but have been changing me ever since and continue to do so day by day. Please do the same with all who read this, dear Lord. Change us all. Grow us all. Teach us to please you day by day. Help us and remind us to humble ourselves continually. THANK YOU for delivering me from the false teaching. Please do the same with anyone who reads this who is under even one iota of it. Please set us all free. God, have mercy upon us all. Please Lord, and thank you in advance, for teaching us to fear and revere you, oh Lord. Right down to please and thank you. AMEN!
“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;” Colossians 4:2
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15
“Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18