So many thoughts in my soul...I get so IRRITATED every time I see a facebook post of Rob Bell in an interview...READ THE BOOK! &*(%$$# Yes, I said it...it ticks me off. I've got about 20 pages left, and no I don't agree with everything, but I don't disagree with it either. I'm irritated at him too for being so much in the Gray, but I understand that, I have a certain friend that shall remain nameless that likes to not land on the black and white of issues...ask more questions than give answers...it's annoying, but in no way do I question his stance on Christ, or salvation or the scriptures, because I know him...oh wait, these people must no Rob Bell to condemn him on his BOOK TOUR!!!! Ok, ok, I'm done...grow up...ok, I'm done, I promise...for now.
So what was I writing about...oh yeah, Prayer! So, on my last post I tried to make 2 points,
1-Prayer is a conversation and we should pray the way God has designed us to communicate, in our own way, easily, effortlessly and uniquely.
2-The more we hang around someone, we have a tendency to pick up their mannerisms, so by continuously "hanging out" with God, we may actually tend to look more like Him...strange, but it obviously worked for Jesus.
Side note- I have to say that I disagree when people make a statement like "Be Jesus to them" or "you may be the only Jesus people see" Although I think we carry the weight of that responsibility, it isn't totally true. I think the correct statement or way of thinking is to be the us that Jesus redeemed. God made us to be us...not us to be Jesus...we are to be us with Jesus in us....does that make any sense? We cannot be Jesus, but we can be ourselves, completely made new by Christ and completely able to share our story made righteous by His blood. So even though by hanging with Him we may begin to look like Him, hopefully, we are still very much ourselves...which is a good thing.
So, my second point that I want to touch on tonight is what are you praying for? I feel like there are two types of prayers....Redemption and Deliverance, both forms of healing. And one of those is always given.
As we think on this and next time I'll break each one of these down, I want to share an illustration that I heard Crawford Lorits give once.
Sometimes when we pray we ask God to deliver us from a situation...and sometimes He does...and other times it plays out more like this...
A father is outside playing with his son, and the son falls on the ground and splits his chin open. (As a mother of 3 boys, this happens more often than not) He quickly scoops him up and takes him to the Dr., where it is declared that the boy needs stitches. Now, this happened in the 70's when numbing agents weren't as widely used as they are today...in fact they weren't used in these situations at all. So the Dr. informs the dad that he will have to hold the young boy in his lap and keep his arms pinned to his side, so the Dr. can complete the stitches. The dad, with tears in his eyes, scoops up his son, and tightly wraps his arms around him. The boy, scared and nervous, asks his dad if it will hurt..."yes" he says, "but I have to hold your arms down so the Dr. can do his job. And if I didn't do that, it would be a lot worse."
Sit in this for a bit...think on this as you consider your own prayer life. How often do we get mad at our Father, as it seems he is assisting in a painful process, let alone, not making it stop. And it make take a lifetime to see it, but He wants what's best for us...and His redemption is promised to bring healing to situations that were not intended...but redemption can hurt, and sometimes He has to hold our arms down, so the Spirit, can put back what was broken...and there will be scars, but with scars come stories...good stories.
Be blessed today, as you converse with your Father and ask Him to reveal times of redemption in your life.