by Pastor Lee Hemen
March 28, 2008
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)
What do you pray for dear child of God? What do you pray for, for others that you know in the Lord? Do you pray the prayers of the simple-minded where you ask God in His infinite splendor to heal those who suffer from the common cold or flu? Do seek at the throne of grace and mercy for Aunt Bessie’s trick knee? Do you come before the window of heaven’s gate in humble supplication to ask God to answer the desire of your heart that you know you just cannot live without?
How shallow! How sad! How extremely myopic, pathetic, and poverty stricken are your supplications! In fact, dare I say it, perhaps even a waste of the Divine’s time? Now I know some of you will indignantly qualify yourself by righteously claiming, “Isn’t our Heavenly Father interested in the smallest feather that falls from our heads?” And to this I would say “Yes! He is, but He does not need you to remind Him of them!” He is in control of your baldness just as He is aware of your dull daily life.
We have become a nation of whine-os. We whine to God about every little thing in life expecting the God of Glory to intently listen to each of our blatherings as if it were something of infinite value. Yes, I know dear child of the throne of grace that God listens to us, He cares for us, and His eye is on the sparrow, but your prayers have been reduced to meandering platitudes that focus more on yourself than what God desires to do through you! You have forgotten that God is control of all of His promises and we need not “claim” them as some may suggest. Do not think so? Oh, then let me ask you: Do your children have to remind you that you pay for the roof over their heads, the food in their stomachs, the clothes on their backs? NO! In fact, quite the opposite is often true! God’s promises for His children exist and are there for us no matter whether we “claim” them or not. We live and move and walk in them daily! Certainly we can thank Him for giving them to us daily, but to think that we must do some form of clipping a prayer chit in order to “claim” God’s provision for us His children is to limit the knowledge of God’s grace in our lives!
Now, look again and notice what Paul prays for, for his fellow believers: “that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Now look again at your puny little prayer list. Which is far fuller and richer and more interested in what God is doing in the lives of others?
Did you ever think that God may be allowing Aunt Bessie’s knee to bug her so she will “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,” or that so and so is suffering the throws of the flu because they need to be made weak so He can “strengthen [them] with power through his Spirit in [their] inner being?” I wonder?
Everyday we live we are to live for the Lord, and it is “out of his glorious riches” that we are to pray, breath, and live each day. Are you dear child of God? Or are you just another whine-o before the Lord? Oh, I pray not.
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