Sunday, 6 January 2019
Is God Superman?
How do we view God?
As an omnipotent, ever loving, always forgiving, spiritual heavenly Father and Creator of all things?
Or do we see Him as a Superman ever ready to fly to all crises wherever they happen in the world?
When we pray to God, is our prayer an ever ending list of requests asking Him to be with and care for a number of people we know and love? To be with sick and dying relatives, family or friends who have lost a job, or who are in some difficulty or other, the poor, the elderly, the destitute and many others in need.
There's nothing wrong with praying for others. It shows a generosity of spirit and caring on our part. Prayer is the greatest gift we can give or receive from someone.
God loves it when we pray for others. It shows Him that we are not selfish and closed to others' needs.
But is our prayer just a set of demands to an ever ready Superman willing and able to circumnavigate the globe and go to the aid of anyone we pray for?
And when we pray, is it just an exercise of bringing to mind various causes and needs; or do we really and genuinely believe there will be a response? A positive one to the prayer we have made.
Let us be honest now. Really honest with ourselves. Just between you and God. No one needs to know your answer.
When you pray, are you 100% sure that God is listening?
Are you 100% sure that He will respond positively to what you are asking for?
Or is there the slightest, tiniest, weeniest little bit of doubt in your mind about God's response?
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Mark 11:24
What did Jesus mean when He said this?
Did He mean it?
If not, why did He say it?
Do YOU believe it?
Is it reflected in YOUR prayers?
Would you go to borrow a lawnmower or other thing from your neighbour if you knew he would say "No"? Would you go to the bank for a loan if you thought they would turn you down? Would you ask a friend for a favour if you believed he'd refuse?
Then why treat God with suspicion? Why pray believing that He would not respond?
Imagine a different kind of prayer ...
What if you said, "God I am frightened. There are so many things I need to pray about. So many people in need of your help. The sick, the dying, the poor and so many others. I don't even know where to start!"
What do you think God would reply?
Jesus always greeted people with the words, "Peace be with you!"
What He meant was, "Relax. Calm down. All will be well. Trust Me."
If only we approached prayers with that kind of attitude. With that kind of belief. With that kind of trust. That come what may, God is listening. And in His time, and in His way, He will answer our prayers.
It is no point having Faith in a Master who walks on water if we do not trust Him enough to follow Him.