I’m so excited. All these years I thought maybe God wanted us to keep a respectful distance from our friends’ loot. But then I found a teensy loophole, just big enough to slide a needle through. It seems that “Thou shalt not steal” applies to standards of everyday living sort of. Sometimes. Maybe.
I struggled with forgiving myself for major mistakes over the years. I shrunk sweaters. I smashed my Honda’s sideview mirror on a garage wall. I snapped at my family. When I showed up at church meetings, I often heard other people being prayed for with huge optimism.
“You’re in a season of increase,” a man prayed. “God’s abundance and favor are yours!”
I thought, “Why don’t I get great prayers like that?”
One day, the instructor of a church class let us in on a secret: when we heard a prayer for someone, we could appropriate it. I found out later that to “appropriate” means to take on as your own. The Holy Spirit told me that whenever someone is being prayed for, we can ask Him, and if He agrees that the promise belongs to us, we can appropriate it.
Suddenly I went from getting encouraged 10% of the time to smuggling home something like 90% of the truths in my purse. (I was careful to deactivate the security sensors before sliding out the door.)
Here is the very boost you and I need to give ourselves a bit of grace. And it gets better. The Holy Spirit whispers, “You want to know how many promises in the Bible belong to you? All of them!”
I’ve prayed one-on-one with thousands of people in the last twenty-eight years. I like to remind people to keep their ears open, because there’s likely to be a bit of thievery, and they might like to get in on the action.
Got a parrot and eye patch I can borrow? It’s my shift up on the crow’s nest. Hey, have you got a coupon code for a carton of saltines on Amazon? The crackers I had on deck mysteriously disappeared.
Friend, what promise or prayer are you appropriating today?
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