By Richard L. Spangler
While attending a Ministering Spiritual Gifts Conference I heard a teaching by Apostle John Burkholder of Buffalo, NY. Apostle Burkholder taught on Luke 6:38, “Give and it will be given to you a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
He stated, that he prays this over his offerings regularly. One day as he was praying this verse, God spoke to him that he was praying it wrong. Apostle John asked how that he was praying it wrong. The Lord stated it was not enough to pray for his offering to blessed, but he needed to pray for those who the Lord spoke to: to give to him to be blessed, so that they could give.
Then the Lord took it to another level, not only was to pray for blessings for those who were to give to him but also pray for those who were to bless the givers so that they could bless the givers. This is a third level blessing.
This takes blessing others to a whole different level; it takes it beyond simple addition into multiplication of blessings. God is a God of multiplication. We see at creation in Genesis how God commanded everything living thing to be fruitful and multiply (not add).
This is true in blessings as well as praying for others to be blessed. If we pray in the matter stated above, our blessings will be multiplied as well. So as you give your tithes and offerings, pray for those who are to give to you, to be blessed, and also for those who are to bless them to receive a blessing.
Here is a personal example. I prayed over my offering that afternoon and on Sunday at church. Now my wife has had some physical issues that prevented her from working for more than two years. (God has been faithful in His provision for us).We and her doctors agreed that she should apply for disability. So, she set down and filled out all the paperwork and submitted it. Her claim was promptly rejected. She appealed. We were to go to an appeals hearing on the next Tuesday. I was told that,I could say nothing during the hearing, so I just sat there and prayed quietly in the Spirit. The judge stated that it appeared my wife qualified and that we would be notified in 7 to 10 days of his decision. We were excited and praised God. It gets better, our attorney called on Friday, stating that the judge’s decision had already been given and he ruled in our favor! She stated it would at least two months before we received any back payments (two years’ worth) and then monthly checks. We gain rejoiced. Then on the following Tuesday, the lawyer called, stating she did not understand it but the check was already processed and mailed. We were stunned. On Friday we received a check for two years’ worth of back payments. Praise the Lord. We tithed on what we received and I again prayed over it and now waiting to see what God does now.
Again I want to encourage you, when you give your tithes and offerings praying for God’s blessing. Then go beyond that praying for others to be blessed so they can bless you. Finally, take it to third level of blessing, praying for those to be blessed that are to bless those who are to bless you. Then, watch and see what God will do.
©COPYRIGHT 2012 RICHARD L. SPANGLER
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