Worth the Wait

Dear Waiters,

Before you pray, consider the sort of God who you address and the possible cost of asking this God to come and help you. I have been a pastor long enough now to know that prayer “in Jesus name” is a risk. Bring God into a situation and you don’t know where God will take things. I have known many who earnestly implored God to come into their lives, take away a pain, heal them of some infirmity, then to have God (for reasons known only to God) refuse to give them exactly what they wanted. Rather, it was as if Jesus put them in worse discomfort and further stress. Jesus chooses to come often not with a “there, there everything is going to be alright” but instead Jesus often offers a hearty “Follow me!” People have prayed for comfort and instead received another assignment. Only Jesus would turn a person’s cry for help into an occasion to call them into a vocation.

Prayer is more than bringing in my wish list to Jesus. It is asking Jesus for occasional help with some heavy lifting. Prayer is also the risky attempt to let Jesus speak into our lives. Do you want to risk Jesus being a deeper part of your life?

The other thing about Jesus is you might spend some time waiting around. Jesus hears our prayers, he responds to our every need with what we need the most.  And Jesus will bring what we need when we need it, in Jesus' time, not ours. Are you willing to be blessed by the procrastinating ways of Christ?

See Luke 8:40-56 for further reflection.

Prayers: That the political unrest in Nicaragua might come to a just and peaceful ending; for  Michelle Benedict as she undergoes medical procedures; for summer travelers.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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