GOD’S SANDWICH

A sandwich is usually two or more slices of bread with a filling between them. The filling may be margarine or butter, fried eggs or even vegetables. Many Christians today are living defeated and frustrated lives because they do not know or have refused to offer to God, His acceptable sandwich. The reason for this inability is in Hosea 4: 6 which says, “My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me.” NLT. Where you do not know God for yourself, you would not be able to know how to bring Him the venison such as He loves in order to provoke the blessing over your life.

Jesus gives us the recipe for God’s sandwich in Matthew 6: 9- 13 when He taught His disciples how to pray.

After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

The slices of bread in this sandwich is praise and worship while our requests represent the filling in between.

In our mortal sandwich, the filling is usually the motivator that encourages us to eat the slices of bread but for God, it is the bread of praise, thanksgiving and worship that motivates him to make our requests become flesh or pleasurable realities. This is because when He chews the bread of praise and worship, He will also chew through the difficult petitions in between.

You cannot rush into God’s presence to demand for things without acknowledging who He is and what he has done and expect a good response from the throne of grace. Go cannot do anything for you until acknowledge Him to be able to do it. Yes! That you came boldly to Him to ask is a sign that you believe in His ability but you cannot provoke His willingness to do until you come with a sacrifice of praise within which you may sandwich your requests.

Jesus states a fact in Mark 10: 27- “… With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” You came to God because it is impossible with men but even though it is possible with God, it will never become reality until you sandwich your petitions between the thick layers and generous slices of praise, thanksgiving and worship.

What am I saying? God does not play with appreciation. EVEN YOU DO NOT! You mostly cannot stand ungrateful people so why should God stand you when you appear before Him full of complain and grudges with threats that you will go to devil for solution if He does not answer you in 24hours. God is God. He is not your employee or subordinate who you can ask to respond to your query in 24hours or face disciplinary action. It does not work that way.

You need to realize and declare that He is your father and you must treat Him as such- with honour, respect and reverence before you even ask for a pin and thank Him for even listening to you at all.

Praise is the garment that those who may enter His presence wear. In fact, if you are not clothed in praise and worship and thanksgiving, you are disqualified from accessing His presence. No matter how you scream, your voice will not be heard in the throne room.

Esther had to put on her queenly garments to appear before the king in Esther chapter 5. Even though she had fasted for three days, the king would have despised her if she had failed to put on her royal apparel. No matter the pain in your heart; no matter what you are going through, coming shabbily into God’s presence (i.e. praise-lessly) will disqualify you from gaining audience with the King of Kings. Esther 4: 2 says, “… for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth.”

Beloved, Isaiah 59: 1 says, “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear:” Our lack of knowledge of His personality and what He desires is a limiting factor. Psalm 50:23 says, “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me:…”  and “them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed” (1Sa 2:30).

Psalm 100: 1- 4 as rendered by the message translation says, “On your feet now — applaud God!  Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. Know this: God is God, and God, God. He made us; we didn’t make him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep. Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him.”

In fact, Psalm 67: 5- 7 tickles me with joy- “Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.” This simply means that God will even let me have things I do not ask for, because His blessing maketh rich and minuses sorrow from a man’s life. If you will praise Him, even your unspoken petitions will be dealt with. No wonder Isaiah 65:24 says, “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear”.

Beloved, don’t just come with your petitions and questions; come with abundant praise, worship and thanksgiving. Come with His venison. Come with His sandwich and you will return with your testimony in Jesus name. Amen.

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