For Trust, Love, and Faith to arise in the Body of Christ evidenced by the full tithe coming into the storehouse.
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. – Malachi 3:10-11
Today’s prayer focus might ruffle a few feathers, however I believe we would be amiss to go through a 21 day prayer and fasting without addressing an area Satan attempts to steal the blessing of the Church. So I encourage you to be aware of the fleshly resistance that may arise in your soul, and press on, surrendering it to the Lord, and ask Him for new revelation.
That being said, our prayer focus today is that the Church would walk in New Covenant freedom by engaging in the full tithe on their own joyful free will! We could talk about all kinds of statistics here about how many people call themselves Christians, versus the limited percentage that tithe. We could talk about how much we as Americans spend on Christmas alone, and that a mere fraction of that would end world hunger and clean water issues globally. However, many of us have heard this many times and wonder what holds us back from trusting God in his promises to open the windows of Heaven if we open our hands and surrender 10% of our income.
Here again, we could list many reasons as we try to look into the human heart and understand. Desperation from real needs, Fear, Pride, Greed, Justification about the tithe no longer part of the New Testament church….and the list could go on. That is why we need to pray! All these things are lies from the enemy that keep us imprisoned in a poverty mindset. Limited by what we can see and feel with our worldly senses, we are unable to escape the grips of hell which tell us trusting in our own ways are greater then trusting in the Author of life itself.
For us as individuals and families, this is devastating in itself. As a global Church, it deprives us of walking under Open Heavens and becoming in full measure the Hope of the World we were destined to be. Let us rise up and pray for hearts to be opened to fully trusting God with the full tithe. That our devotions would be solely to God and not split between God and worldly systems of money.
Heavenly Father, we stand on your promises to the Church that you will provide blessings of open heavens and rebuke the devourer when we trust you with our tithe. Father we thank you that you are trustworthy and faithful. Father we pray for this truth to be deeply embedded into the hearts of your people. Remove our hearts of stone and gives us hearts of flesh. Father with bind the spirit of obligation around the tithe, and we loose pure devotion and pure worship onto your Heavenly name. Father we look with expectation to the future as the Bride of Christ rises up in maturity to be the Hope of the World is all the lost and broken places.