Five Minute Friday — Want

I’m back for another Five Minute Friday rambling on, as has become my custom, Saturday. Five Minute Friday is a discipline where independent writers join together at Kate Motaung’s site — Heading Home — to transform thoughts on a specific prompt word from their minds through their fingers onto the screen for five minutes. Then we get together and share our pearls of wisdom {okay, some times they’re swine, but the intention is always good} at Kate’s place (http://katemotaung.com/2016/06/09/five-minute-friday-want/). And, you’re always welcome to join us … either as a visitor or participant.

The word this week is WANT and it reminded me of a sermon I preached many years ago (https://wisdomfromafather.com/2013/01/27/gimme-this/). Let’s see where it leads us today. The timer is set, so we’re ready to GO

There’s fine line between want and need. I have a lot of wants — a new car, money to travel, someone to share my life with, a comfortable life, retirement. I really have just one need — God.

We’re all guilty of using the power of prayer to ask God for “things” or “blessings”. You know, “Lord I really want this job” …. “Lord, please bless my family while they travel” … “Lord, did I tell you my car’s kinda acting up, I could really use a new one” … You get the picture.

That’s our prayer life. Surprise, it’s not what God intended. Yes, He said come to Him with all petitions and pleas. Yes, He wants us to talk to Him. But He doesn’t want to be told what to do. In fact, often, when the “we” or “I” take over in the conversation, things get worse. Remember George Bailey? He prayed and got popped in the nose.

Prayer is not a wish list or a want list. It’s a connection with God, a conversation that acknowledges Him as the One in charge. Sometimes, I think we are lot … STOP

… like Frankenstein in our prayer life, you know, the creation thinking it’s more important than the Creator.

Prayer is a connection, a conduit if you will, from this realm — a mere speck in the timeline of eternity — to the next. Prayer, I’m convinced, is not for God’s benefit. It’s for ours. It is our way of seeking something we don’t understand. And therein lies its power. It isn’t our words. God knew them before we even thought them. It isn’t our actions. God knows them before we do. Yet, we continue to pray.

I don’t think we should ever be presumptuous enough to tell God what to do. We do it, though, don’t we.

The biggest power of prayer — real prayer directed at acknowledging the Giver — is the unexpected rewards. Mary told Jesus about the plight of the wedding party and Jesus responded by changing water into fine wine. Martha and Mary asked Jesus to come heal their brother Lazarus; Jesus delayed; Lazarus died but when Jesus came, He not only healed Lazarus but raised him from the dead. Paul asked for a thorn in the flesh be removed; the answer was a promise of grace to endure it.

Sometimes, when I talk to my Best Friend, I ramble and, yes, use “I” a lot. But I’ve come to learn the joy in my conversations is sitting back and watching the Master in action. It might not be today … or tomorrow … or next week … or next month … or even next year. But I know it’s coming and I just have to be ready to recognize and enjoy the blessing.

Francis of Assisi figured it out. “Lord, make me a channel of Thy peace. That where there is hatred, I may bring love; that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness; that where there is discord, I may bring harmony; that where there is error, I may bring truth; that where there is doubt, I may bring faith; that where there is despair, I may bring hope; that where there are shadows, I may bring light; that where there is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted; to understand than to be understood; to love than to be loved. For it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds, it is by forgiving that one is forgiven and it is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.”

Friends, don’t tell God what to do. Forget the “gimmes.”

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: The gifts you buy your spouse are never as good and apropos as the gifts your neighbor buys their spouse.

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About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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2 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Want

  1. Friend last day I wanted peace, unity and love in my family and God gave it to me. So that’s what I wanted to tell here. Amen Hallelujah

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