read it here) the number one feedback, comes in the form of a question of concern.
“Aziza, if I don’t pray back-to-sender prayers, won’t my enemies get to me and how do I return any evil done to me back to the sender?”
This question is a sign of the harm that the back-to-sender doctrine has done. It has affected the mind of Christians in a negative way. Everything about the back-to-sender doctrine is devilish. Everything!
First, there are some who argue with passion that back-to-sender is a scriptural way to pray. They point to the Book of Psalms and to some of King David’s prayers. This argument may appear right. It would be right if we are followers of Moses and King David and if all we had for scriptures ended at the Book of Psalms. But we are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and the “eye-for-an-eye”/back-to-sender doctrine which was operational under the Law of Moses which King David operated under was specifically changed by Jesus Christ. Matthew 5:38-45. Our Lord Jesus made it clear that forgiveness and non-retaliation is what makes us children of our Heavenly Father.
It’s funny that every Christian appears to know the verses where Jesus made the change. But some wish to wish it away and practice back-to-sender prayers anyway because that’s what they feel comfortable with.
People who know the truth and decide to go the opposite direction are small people in the eyes of God. Teaching other people to do anything contrary to the Word of God is equally self demoting. Matthew 5:19
Going against the King of kings who is the WORD of God is putting oneself in harms way. Matthew 21:43-44 Such people are on the road to one day colliding with the Rock of Ages and it’s not a pleasant experience for a man’s soul. Funny, I got that phrase from a back-to-sender prayer point. :)
We aren’t playing draft/chess/checkers with God. It’s not a “God, eat this one, then I eat this one” race. Cherry picking the instructions of the LORD that we will obey and those we will argue out off obeying is unacceptable. Total obedience to God’s Word is the order for Christians.
It’s amazing that after willfully disobeying Jesus Christ, the next prayer points usually claim the promises of Deuteronomy 28:1-14 - Lord, I shall be the head and not the tail. – which incidentally are conditioned upon total obedience. “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth.”
There’s no need wondering why the promises of God aren’t working in the life of some Christians. It’s disobedience.
To the second part of the feedback question above: You are not to return harm or evil to anybody. You are to love all people – including those who want to hurt you. That’s what Jesus instructed. If you believe in Him and want to use His name or His blood you have got to do what He says. Christianity is not a democracy. Jesus Christ is not an elected official, He is a King and His Kingdom is above all and He rules forever with a mighty hand. It’s a command. You don’t reason or negotiate your way out of it. You just do it! John 10:27
Concerns About Protection
Our protection is God’s job and God is perfect, He also never sleeps nor slumbers. He never fails at His job. He doesn’t need any kind of reminding or any help from anybody. He doesn’t lose a battle. He always wins.
Nowadays, because of the prayer consciousness among Christians,
“Pray without ceasing” has been given a whole different meaning and used to justify endless and mindless muttering. [Read my post about how to pray here Part 1 and Part II.
Most scriptures that concern protection and rescue from harm are statements of truth but they’ve now been crafted into prayer points.
“Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm.” It’s not something to pray about or preach about. It’s something to demonstrate.
“Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you.” It is a statement of truth. It’s not a prayer point.
Some of these protection prayers are just misunderstanding of the nature of the Word of God. There are commands, instructions, observations, simple story telling, and God’s decrees in the Bible.
God’s decrees are truth. Nobody needs to pray truth into existence. Truth is. That’s just how it is. There’s nothing anyone can do to make it better and nothing anyone can do to bend it. You just have to fall in line with the truth to succeed.
God said that “Nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Therefore nothing shall be any means hurt you. It’s that simple.
Being concerned about the evil being packaged by anybody, even the devil, against you is like being concerned about a nuclear bomb a five year old boy is making with foam and broom sticks. The bomb is a joke. It is never going to work. That’s how the machinations of your enemies are. Worthless!
It’s fear that causes people to pray back-to-sender prayers because they are concerned about evil coming their way. When a Christian comes to understand the nature of his God and the nature of His Word, and who he (the Christian) really is, fear takes flight. Knowledge drives away fear.
When you know that when God says a thing, it’s a command into creation. Everything in God’s creation including the evil uncle, or the proverbial village witch must obey. God has commanded that nothing would hurt you and that’s how it has just gotta be. There’s no option for the universe but to obey its Maker.
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