Tuesday, July 8, 2008

God's prayers are not our prayers

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been reading Green Leaf in Drought by Isobel Kuhn. It is the story of Arthur and Wilda Mathews, missionaries with OMF (formerly China Inland Mission). In telling the story of particularly difficult time of trial, she quotes Luke 22:31&32a , And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not...

I was pondering this and how we don't pray the way that Jesus did. If it were our prayer quoted in Luke, it would probably sound somethings like this, "But I have prayed for you that Satan would leave you alone and that you would have a smooth road ahead of you." Since Jesus is our model and we are supposed to pray as he prayed, I think we should take our cue from this verse. We need to pray that we will not be shaken by the sifting, not that God will keep Satan from trying to sift us. We must stop praying for an easy road and start praying that whatever God sends our way would be met by his strength and a firm faith that he will get us through it. We must remember that God's ways are higher than ours and his goal for us is not smooth sailing but that we draw daily closer to him, regardless of circumstances.

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