Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | November 27, 2013

November 27, 2013 “An ‘Infallible Gimmick’ ?”

 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Good Morning Family of Faith!

This past week, we began decorating the house for Christmas…more accurately, my bride began. My job is to dutifully follow her directions in this undertaking, for she has the gift and the flair while I am more than willing to help (most of the time). One of the things we have set out is a replica of the town featured in the movie “A Christmas Story”. That’s the one about Ralphie and his desire for a Red Rider BB Gun. He makes this Christmas wish known throughout the movie, and, O Happy Day…on Christmas he received the coveted gift.

There are those times in life, however, when we do not receive the thing that we have desired, even after praying for it. Sometimes when this occurs, we sulk, or in some circumstances, even conclude that God must not really love us, hear us, or perhaps even conclude that he does not really exist. It is wrong to think of God like Santa, going around dispensing gifts to us that we may “play with” for awhile and then forget about or easily break. Nor do we always receive those really important requests. At such times, it is important that we trust in His infinite, superior wisdom, knowing that His plans for us are always ultimately for our benefit, even though it may not seem that way to us. The great Christian author C.S. Lewis made this provocative point regarding “unfulfilled prayer requests”. he said:

“In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not. After that the idea that prayer is recommended to us as a sort of infallible gimmick may be dismissed.”

Prayer is not an “infallible gimmick” for us to employ to have every whim satisfied. Quite often, our prayers are answered in a manner we regard as being positive. We receive what we have asked God to send to us. From time to time, we do not. This does not mean God is inconsistent in His love, just as our earthly parents are not inconsistent in their love if they don’t acquiesce to our every whim or request. As you pray, do so trusting in God’s goodness and His steadfast love. There are reasons that God does not say “yes” to every request…even to His own Beloved Son. But like Christ, we should also pray, “yet not my will, but yours be done.” That is trusting love. It led to the cross…but more importantly…it led to the resurrection and our salvation. Thanks be to God! Let’s pray!

O Lord; We know that You are the “giver of every perfect gift”, not the “dispenser of every whim”. We trust in You as we make our prayer requests, Lord, for Your love for us is unmatched. Thank you for knowing what is best for us as we pray. We do so today in Jesus’ Most Holy Name! Amen!



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