Through a glass darkly

"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (1 Corinthians 13:12)KJV

Friday, September 23, 2005

Thoughts on Prayer

After a recent gathering of the youth staff, I have been pondering the sort of praying that I've been experiencing lately in corporate settings. One thing that one of my friends observed is that we spend too much time praying for God to show Himself powerful or to move over people with His Spirit. Perhaps we should instead be praying for people to see God as powerful or to see His movement in the lives of others. I feel the need to pray that students lives be completely broken, that their love of the world and the things of the world be utterly shattered.
I realize that, in my own life, the most powerful prayers were ones that sought a change from my own sin-infested mindset to an alignment with God's heart and mind.
I know that the Holy Spirit is there interceding and praying the right prayers for us even when we are so clueless, but it seems like a waste of breath to pray for things that have already been made available to us like His love, His power, His gifts if we would just open our stubborn, disobedient eyes. It's kinda like my cat screaming at me for food after I already put it in his dish. Hello, Kitty? Look at your bowl.

2 Comments:

  • At Fri Sep 23, 01:12:00 PM PDT , Blogger Laura said...

    yup.

    i blogged a bit on this

    btw, i see what you mean about orange... gotta change that!

     
  • At Fri Jan 09, 01:37:00 PM PST , Anonymous Summer Smith said...

    BINGO! I coulnd't have said it better. I have been teaching the teenagers in my youth group this for a year now. In fact, it is the proclmation of the things that are freely given that opens our eyes and makes our hearts ready to take them. its silly to keep asking God for the things he said are already ours for the taking. Its just rediculous. Its time to proclaim them and pray for us to be able to recieve, not for God ti give!

     

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