The People of God – Part 2

The second condition is that the people of God have to pray. If those who belong to God do not pray there would be no hope for the world. Prayer should not be confined to our own families or neighborhood although that is where it begins. Prayer is about those we care about, but it is also meant for those we call foreigners because God loves them and cares about them. The people of God must intercede for other people so that God can pour out a blessing.

God’s conditions includes seeking God. The people of God must seek God with all their heart. There is something considered essential in the process of seeking God; it is called diligence. In Hebrews 11:6 the Bible says, “…for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (KJV). We can not seek God in a casual manner and hope to see him answer prayer. We must be diligent because we know that God rewards people who diligently seek him.

The third condition is that the people of God must turn away from their wicked ways. Repentance is a requirement in order for anyone to be heard by God. Can the people of God have wicked ways? Yes, the people of God can walk in wicked ways without even knowing that their ways are wicked. They can speak nice sounding words when their hearts are really far away from God. It happened with some of the twelve apostles that Jesus chose to be with him.

Jesus chose twelve apostle he ordained to be with him so that they could learn from him. These were the people of God, but each one of them had a weakness. Jesus did not look for perfect people to do the work of God. Jesus chose Judas Iscariot as one of the apostles. During normal conversations Judas sounded like a preacher who really cared about people, but his heart was not for the people. He was wrapped up in himself.

In John 12:4-6 the Bible says, “Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein” (‭KJV). Judas had his own wicked way despite being in the company of the apostles. He had his own ways just like we all have our ways when we are self centered. What was important to Judas was his need for money. He sounded like he would help the poor when he did not really want to help them. He wanted to help himself and this is still happening today.