OUR SOLID ROCK
“Lord what a change in us one short hour spent in Thy presence will prevail to make.” These are words spoken by an Anglican Archbishop in the 1800s. He is right. Praying does change things despite what many tell us today. We are told that saying to someone in crisis, “We are thinking about and praying for you,” is uncaring, just words that do not help. How sad that many feel that way. Prayer is real and indeed does help, does change things.
At the heart of prayer is our trust that God is the One whom Jesus described – “Our Father.” That means that God is not some abstract principle but a caring, loving parent who is totally concerned about each one of us as if we were the only one. Think about that, think about how incredible that is. That the One who created all there is created me and loves be beyond my deserving.
So how does God help us when we pray? Not by like a first responder running to our rescue, but by getting us to realize that He has always been there seeking in countless ways to get our attention so He can help us. I do not know about you, but God has gotten my attention and I have been looking for Him in the middle of all that is happening. Listen; He is here with us, look around you and see Him in the faces of those close to you.
St. Augustine told a simple parable about prayer. He said that when a man in a boat throws a rope to a rock, it is not to pull the rock to the boat, but the boat to the rock. Prayer is mooring our boat to the solid rock.
But, that is not all. Understand that prayer will not change God’s will, but will put us where God can do His will in and through us. Prayer will lay our life parallel to God’s will. You will notice there is nothing here of God making life easy for us. The Bible makes no such promise. What it does promise is that prayer will help us get through. As Paul said, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Remember that old hymn, My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less? The refrain says, “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.” God is our solid rock; just pray and allow Him to pull you closer to Him. Through this virus God is giving us the opportunity to bring our lives and world closer to Him. May it be so.
|Offered by Rev. Dr. Michael Elmore|