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God is not ruling in this world. He is not ruling on the earth. Thank God, He will one day! But right now His will is not being carried out on the earth—except in the lives of those who surrender to Him.

Years ago I read a statement John Wesley made and it stayed with me. Wesley said, "It seems God is limited by our prayer life—that He can do nothing for humanity unless someone asks Him."

A while later, in 1949, I was reading after another writer who made that same statement. But this fellow added, "Why this is, I do not know."

We Need To Know More About It
"Why doesn't he know?" I asked. Then I found out I didn't know either.

Yet if Wesley's statement is correct—and it seems to be as you read through the Bible—then we who are to pray should know more about it.

If God wants to do something for humanity, I thought I should begin to examine the Bible to find out why God cannot do anything unless somebody asks Him.

I found the answer through study of God's Word.

You see, though some people have built up "spiritual air castles" that God is running everything in this world, He is not.

During the Vietnam War a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist began one column by stating that he was not a Christian. He also said that he was not an atheist because the atheist says there is no God.

"I suppose you would classify me an agnostic," he wrote. "The agnostic says there may be a God, but if there is, I don't know it. Actually, I am prone to believe there is a Supreme Being. I do not believe that everything here just happened. I believe there is a Creator somewhere.

"But I have never read the Bible. I do not attend church. One reason I don't is that what the Christians say about God doesn't agree with what I think a Creator should be, nor with what I can see of Him in nature. Even ministers say, 'God has everything under control. He's running everything.' Well, if He is, He sure has things in a mess. People are killing each other. Little children are dying. Little children are hungry. Women are suffering. There are wars everywhere. If God has everything under control, do you mean God is running those wars?"

Even an unregenerate columnist knew that wasn't right.

A Change Of Dominion
God is not ruling in this world. He is not ruling on the earth. Thank God, He will one day! But right now His will is not being carried out on the earth—except in the lives of those who surrender to Him.

That is easy to see if you will accept what the Bible says. The Bible says that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). It is obvious that His will concerning the salvation of all men is not being carried out.

When individuals accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, it is carried out in their lives. But if God were running things and pushing His will off on people—and since He is not willing that any should perish—then it is logical to say that He would make everybody get saved today and then go directly into the Millennium tomorrow.

But that's not the way it works.

As I examined God's Word for the "why" behind John Wesley's statement, I saw a truth I had never seen before, though I had been in the ministry many years.

As I asked the Lord about it, He said to me, "Go back to the Book of Beginnings."

I knew He meant the Book of Genesis. I reread it. I had read it many times. I had heard it taught as a Sunday School boy. But this time, I saw it in a different light.

I saw that God made the world and the fullness thereof. He made His man, Adam. Then He said, "Adam, I give you dominion over all the work of my hands" (Gen. 1:26-27; Ps. 8:6).

God did not say, "I am going to dominate through you."

He said, "I give you dominion over all the work of my hands." Therefore Adam had dominion upon this earth and in this world. He was originally, in a sense, the god (small "g") of this world. But Satan came and lied to Adam. Adam committed high treason and sold out to Satan. When that happened, Satan became the god of this world.

Second Corinthians 4:4 calls Satan "the god of this world." As such, he has dominion. Where? In this world.

He will have that dominion and remain the god of this world until Adam's lease runs out. God cannot legally and justly move in and take away that dominion from the devil. The devil has dominion here. He has a legal right because he has Adam's lease. And God cannot do anything unless somebody down here asks Him.

That is why prayer is so important.

Kenneth Hagin Ministries
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