Monday, January 12, 2009
Dependent on God?
It's a prayer heard around the world. It's a prayer that Jesus taught His followers to pray: The Lord's Prayer.
Our Father in Heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
This is a prayer of dependence on God. It asks many things of Him.
Philip Yancey shares some good thoughts in his book: Prayer (Does It Make Any Difference?)
"In former days farmers lifted their heads and appealed to brazen heavens for an end to drought. Now we study low-pressure fronts, dig irrigation canals, and seed clouds with metallic particles. In former days, when a child fell ill the parents cried out to God; now they call for an ambulance or phone the doctor.
Prosperity may dilute prayer, too. The wealthy rely on talent and resources to solve immediate problems... We can hardly pray with sincerity, 'Give us this day our daily bread' when the pantry is stocked with a month's supply of provisions."
Do we really need God any more? Can we pray "The Lord's Prayer" with integrity? Why wait on God when we can just do it ourselves? Are we dependent on Him still?
My answers in a few days. For now, I'd love to hear from you.