Thursday, August 9, 2018
How Would it be If?
Paul the apostle spent his life searching.
Unsatisfied in the world around him, he could always see more of the infinite world of God before him - realms to which he had not yet attained.
There is, within the limitless realm of God, that which calls us.
A time comes when the growing bird feels within itself the call to leave the nest where it was born, and the fields which it has known, and to stretch its wings in answer to a call within.
More imperative than its surroundings is the call to journey to another clime, another land, another life.
It leaves the land of its birth, where the leaves are falling and the days growing colder and shorter, and it reaches out to another land - a place of springtime and new life.
And so it is with us.
How would it be if we would end our prayers saying "as it is in heaven"?
Things in heaven are completed; the prayer is answered.
I think that here on earth we conform ourself with a praying which expects very little answer in the dimension of concrete reality.
A pastor I know went once to a hospital to pray for a person in a coma.
The nurse who was present gave her assent saying that it would be a nice thing to pray for the poor paciente.
She was not expecting any response from the comatose one so imagine her surprise when the sufferer sat up in bed.
An answer! - on earth - as in heaven!
We hear people advocating a certain way of prayer: "pray the prayer of Jabez", or "pray the Lord's prayer."
It seems that these prayers are pathways which folk have found for their faith. But we make a mistake if we take them as a formula for all our praying and put our faith in the words and not in the Lord.
I think that what is important is not the exact wording of the prayer but the seeing God as the answer.
Let me say that again, It is in seeing God as the One Who will answer.
It is not so important how we knock on the door - the important thing is the intensity of the knocking!
The important thing is to persevere until the answer comes.
The important thing is the release of heaven's resources on earth's needs.
"In earth as it is in heaven."