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Prayer, Plain and Simple

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say,

“They share freely and give generously to the poor.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”

2 Corinthians 9:8-9

Sow what?! Whatever you need. If you need money, sow money. If you need encouragement, sow encouragement. If you need carrots, sow carrot seeds. If you need your debt forgiven, forgive someone’s debt. Paul instructs the Corinthians, “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.”

If I’m lacking in friendship, it’s because I haven’t invested enough in my friends. If I’m lacking in money to pay my bills, it’s because I haven’t given to others. This is the law of seedtime and harvest. It works in Mark’s garden, and it works with our money.

So whatever your need is today, give it away, and it will come back to you. Jesus said in Luke 6:38, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

Father,

You know my deadline today. I’m lacking because I’ve been a slacker in following your principle of giving and receiving. Please forgive me. I repent, do a 180 about-face, and I choose to be a giver today. I will sow a seed, small though it may be, and expect the Lord of the harvest to make it grow to meet my needs and beyond so that I can help meet the needs of others. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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