This post was written by a couple of Bishops from my church, it adds onto the post I did a few weeks ago about the offering God accepts & rejects:
I think there is a certain difference between prayers, although a prayer is still a prayer and the person is speaking with God. However, we see that there are different results.
So, if there is a difference in prayers, there is also a difference in the answers. They can be big or small, and God will still be glorified in both. However, He is more glorified when the answers are extraordinary, since they reflect His greatness, and this has to do with FAITH.
Even though your faith may be small, its power is above any problem, even if it seems impossible. The Lord Jesus is the Author of this faith. Everyone has faith, but not everyone uses it. Of course, an extraordinary answer requires complete surrender, which leads a person to go against everyone and everything, because of a conviction he has within himself.
Solomon had this conviction, this is why his faith led him to put his whole life on that Altar, because those 142,000 holocausts and sacrifices represented everything that was in him. When God looked at those sacrifices, He did not see animals, He saw Solomon himself on the altar.
Solomon only prayed after offering his sacrifices. At that moment, everything pleased God, to the point where the Glory of God filled the Temple.
When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’S house. 2 Chronicles 7.1-2 NKJV
Solomon received an extraordinary answer, and God was glorified in a big way. The question is: Is everyone willing to put ALL OF THEIR LIFE ON THE ALTAR, like Solomon did?
Bishop Miguel Lacerda & Bishop Romualdo Panceiro
The question is: Does your offering/sacrifice represent YOU?
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