Friday, May 17, 2013

Are You Praying for Crop Failure?

This week as I walked around my yard I saw some wonderful and not so wonderful, things happening in my spring flower garden.  The April rain has surely brought some beautiful May flowers with my Iris, Columbine, Dianthus, Roses and Vinca Vine in full bloom. 

The flowers that I planted over the years are bringing in a bounty of colors, scents and blessings that I prayed for in the past. 

However, along with my beauties are some rather pesky, vine like weeds that have created real havoc in my yard.  I pray over my garden all the time, and I've never prayed for this stuff to take root and bring in an abundant crop. "Lord, I need crop failure for these awful weeds that want to consume all my hard work.  I was so careful.  How did this happen?"
Have you fallen into this trap?
Have you ever felt like that?  You know ... needing to have a crop failure of something you may have sown unintentionally into your life?  I know I have.  The thing is that we forget the laws of the harvest that God set into motion in the fact that we really do reap what we've sown.

I've seen this with others and myself (I'm sad to confess).  People plant seeds of strife, unkindness, gossip, unrest, contention, judgment and accusation all week long, but when the weekend comes they pray for those seeds to fail.  In other words, they are praying for a crop failure of the nasty seeds they planted throughout the week and expect God to replace those negative seeds with good things in their life.  It doesn't work that way, and we wonder why things aren't working out like we prayed.

The Bible tells us in Luke 6:38 that we reap what we sow, in the amounts we sow it.  Oh no.  Is that really true?

38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down,
shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.
For with the same measure that you use,
it will be measured back to you." (NKJV)

If I want carrots I need to plant carrot seeds.  Planting beets won't get me carrots, because it's not the law of seed time and harvest.  Every farmer or person who plants a garden expects to reap what they have sown.  They don't even question if something else would pop up, because they don't go against the sowing law.

You've heard the saying, "What goes around, comes around."  It's true just like Galatians 6:10 says. 
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith."
There is another side to this also.  If I sow discord I can expect discord in my life, but what if I sow positive things?  According to the law of sowing, positive seeds will bear positive results.  It has to, because it's the law that God set in motion and cannot be changed.  It may take some time to get rid of all those negative seeds that were sown, but eventually the positive seeds will take root and produce the harvest I expect.  Yeah, now the crop I sow will be the one I want and like!

Time for New Seeds

This law will work for anyone, but the seeds of kindness have to begin in clean soil. It's time to plow some of that old junk under! That means no more gossiping around the water cooler, calling people on the phone to spill the latest hear-say, and stop sending nasty emails or posting ugly things on Twitter, Facebook or blogs every time you get your feelings hurt.  Yep, it will take some work, but isn't praying for crop failure over our mistakes a real bummer?  I think so.

While spring is in full bloom let's start planting some new seeds into our lives so we can enjoy a long harvest of beautiful things.  I'm looking forward to new blossoms this year, so I'm taking control over those "word" weeds that want to cause my success crop to fail.  My prayer seeds are going to bring in a crop I really want.

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Scripture reference New King James Bible provided by Bible Gateway.