Like everything else that religion does to complicate really simple things…prayer is up there near the top of the list. Philip would like to try once again to simplify… this time it is our understanding of prayer... Prayer is simply me talking to my Father... and I need to talk to Him. Prayer is not to get things… not to get what I want from God… or persuade Him to give me what I want or do what I want Him to do…. none of that stuff. It is simply having a conversation with my Dad about anything I want to talk to Him about… and it all comes out of my relationship with Him.
It is based on my understanding that He is, in fact, in absolute control of everything… it is also based on my knowing He absolutely loves me to pieces… and that He has a plan for my life… He is taking me somewhere…
Within our relationship I am free to tell Him whatever I want to… like… I really hate the huffy/puffys… maybe you could touch me so I can breathe again… isn’t 3 trips to the hospital enough for one year.. what do you want me to see in all this…. we just talk … that’s what Jesus did… talked to His Father… all the time…
“Father, if you are willing…. remove this cup from me…. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” What Jesus wants is Father’s will. What Philip wants is Father’s will. That is the bottom line…. I may not enjoy what is going on… and I am free to express my druthers to Him but… bottom line… I want what He wants.
Jesus taught His disciples how to pray… remember?…. “…Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…..” Really… this is not rocket science… so simple..
What a way to live..