Not long ago, I read a few snippets about Larry and Tiz Huch and their "ministry." I was not familiar with the names until today. Yes, friends, today is the day that I learned why God doesn't seem to always answer prayer when and how I want Him to. You see, it's not because God's timing is perfect and ours, which wants an immediate answer, is not. It's not because God may be answering our prayer in a different manner than we expect or want. No, no, no. The reason that God isn't answering prayer is because we are not praying correctly! I couldn't believe it! At one point in today's show, Larry Huch stated, "I'm going to tell you how to pray." I thought, "well, surely a true Bible teacher would lead us to the Lord's Prayer where the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray and Jesus Himself stated,
“When you pray, say:But no, Larry had better, less obvious ideas. Larry introduced me to his new Jacob's Ladder gift set which not only includes 4 of his teachings, but also includes a tallit, a prayer bracelet, and 3 mezuzahs which are all apparently necessary in order for God to hear my prayers.
“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.” Luke 11:2-4.
He even shared a story about a woman who had been searching for a new job and, at a conference she put on the prayer bracelet and within 3 minutes she received a phone call with a job offer! Well, that's it, I'm sold. Clearly I've been misled all these years to think that I could come before my Lord at anytime, prayer bracelet or not, and pray with confidence that He is hearing me. I didn't realize that I could "enter the throne room of God" by putting the tallit over my head each time I prayed. I didn't realize that the promises God made to Israel in Deuteronomy 11 were really literally for me. See, now I know that, by wearing my prayer bracelet and my tallit, and by hanging the mezuzah on my doorposts, God will bring me health, wealth, and prosperity. Oh, the darkness I've been living in all this time! Thank you, Larry and Tiz, for opening my eyes.
Now, I am not in any way trying to make light of those Jews, saved or unsaved, who may utilize the tallit or hang a mezuzah on their doorpost. Many of my neighbors are Jewish and do these things! What I am criticizing is this couple, who claim to be Christian teachers of God's Word, are teaching that using these items will make God respond instantly to our prayers. Nowhere does the Bible teach that we have to do anything or wear anything in order for God to hear our prayers. The only work that is required of us is to believe and have faith in Christ.
Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." John 6:29We should never doubt that God hears our prayers and will respond in His perfect time and with His perfect answer.
"And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him." 1 John 5:14-15So leave your prayer bracelet at home. I promise that God will still be listening.