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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Praying for Snakes

Martin Wiles tells us, "I’m a snake 
handler of sorts.

Snakes fascinate me. I’ve never 
been afraid of any snake as long 
as I see it first, but my wife is 
terrified of all snakes. 

She was once sitting on our front porch when I brought her 
a black snake I found lying in our back yard. 

Her high pitched screams, horrified expression, and stern
 words convinced me it wasn’t a good present.

Jesus mentioned snakes when teaching about prayer. 

We should ask, seek, and knock because our heavenly 
Father wants to give us our heart’s desires and will when
they’re in his will. 

But what father, if his son asks for a fish, will give him 
a snake? 

Sometimes we pray for snakes, and when we do, God 
doesn’t grant our requests.

What's your snake?
What's your snake?

Snakes are things outside God’s will for 
our life. 

While on his second missionary journey, 
Paul experienced two occasions when 
God’s Spirit forbade him to go into 
regions he wanted to visit. 

His desire wasn’t sinful, it just wasn’t 
God’s plan for him to head in that 

Snakes are attitudes, actions, and thoughts outside God’s will. 

Praying with ulterior motives and sinful attitudes or acting in
 ungodly ways places us in the company of poisonous snakes 
and we’ll be bitten by God’s discipline.

Snakes are also things outside God’s timing. 

David’s prayer asking God to let him construct a temple 
wasn’t sinful, it just wasn’t the right time. He was a warrior. 

Temple building was for peace. David’s son Solomon built it 
with the inheritance from his father.

Learn to know God’s mind better through spiritual disciplines, 
and when you do you’ll be less likely to pray for snakes."

"Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a 
stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?" 
 Matthew 7:9-10

Praying for Snakes – Martin Wiles

Photo courtesy of and Victor Habbick.

Martin Wiles is a native South Carolinian, 
author and speaker currently residing in 
Hodges, South Carolina. 

He and his wife Michelle are the founders of 
Love Lines From God

Wiles has authored Morning By Morning, 
Morning Serenity and Grace Greater Than Sin and has served
 as a regional correspondent for the Baptist Courier. 

He has also been published in Proclaim, Secret Place ,Word 
Magic and Fires of Genius

He is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, Christian 
Writers, PCCWebDaily, The WOW Blog, Faith Writers, The 
Eagle Record, and the Common Ground Herald.

Read Martin’s devotions.

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Let’s pray:  Father, help me learn to know God’s mind better 
through spiritual disciplines, and that when I do I’ll be less 
likely to pray for snakes! In Jesus' name, amen.

Our Scripture for encouragement:  Prov. 2:6 NIV  "For the 
LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and

Today’s quote:  John Maxwell – “Most people allow their lives to 
simply happen to them. They float along. They wait. They react. 
And by the time a large portion of their life is behind them, they
 realize they should have been more proactive and strategic. I 
hope that hasn’t been true for you.

 If it has, then I want to encourage you to develop a stronger 
sense of urgency and a pro-strategic mind-set. These things will
 help you plan and develop strategies for your life and growth. 

It’s not too late to maximize growth in 2013.” [1/01/13]

Our thought for today:  God tests us to see if we're still 
willing to obey Him.

Tomorrow’s post:  Somewhere Down the Road  Martin Wiles

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