Psalm 100

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Money-Back Guarantee

Praying Effectively

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5

If nothing else, late-night commercials are at least entertaining. Most of the advertisements promise something free if a person purchases their product. I'm not sure how most of them stay in business giving away so many items that seem to cost more than the original item purchased. It must be because of a significant mark-up. All of them also promise a money-back guarantee if the purchaser is not completely satisfied with their product. I wonder how often that happens. In reality, most companies, businesses, and sellers, if they stand behind their product, offer a money-back guarantee. According to the internet, “A money-back guarantee, also known as a satisfaction guarantee, is essentially a simple guarantee that, if a buyer is not satisfied with a product or service, a refund will be made. The money-back guarantee was a major tool of early U.S. mail order sales pioneers in the United States such as Richard Sears and Powel Crosley Jr. to win the confidence of consumers.”

Have you ever thought about the fact that prayer is a lot like a product that offers a “money-back guarantee?” Spiritually speaking, prayer is an excellent investment because God is good all the time “and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Whenever we invest in prayer, we will always get a good return on the investment. That doesn't mean our return will always look or feel good to us in our current circumstances. But it does mean that the Omnipotent God guarantees that good will come from our investment of prayer all the time, through all generations. No refund will ever be necessary.