Prayer

I attended a worship service this morning at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. The sermon was on Colossians 1:15-20 entitled “The Colossal Christ.” What struck me more than the sermon was this excerpt on the cover. I hope it gets you thinking, asking questions, and praying.

“Prayer is not about getting what we want, or even what we oftentimes are sure is right for us and those around us. Prayer is about unleashing the frightening, unstable, uncontrollable power of God. (Jesus showed us how in Gethsemane, and tried to teach his disciples when they confronted the demon possessing that father’s son.)
Accept no substitutes. Kneel down and cry out the real thing. You gonna pray, pray. None of this namby-pamby, decently and in order, maybe God answers maybe God doesn’t, God answers in God’s own good time, God always answers, it’s just that sometimes the answer is no, God doesn’t give you what you want but what you need, this frozen-chosen, politically affirming, no hackles raising stuff.
You gonna pray, you get up in God’s face and call God out. You fire prayer out like the metaphysical explosive that it is and you let God take it from there.”

– Dr. Brian Blount, President, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia

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