Monday, 8 June 2015

The Practice of Prayer - Four


We live in a time that prides itself for having discovered, and for living by, the Scientific Method. 
Ask a Question <> Do Background Research <> Construct a Hypothesis <> Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment <> Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion <> Communicate Your Results. 
It must be strictly followed if one hopes to discover the TRUTH about how things work in this world. How often do you hear that after extensive research, something has been proven to be good or bad. Then a warning is issued. If it is not true, it is not good for you. 

We might say, that one of our goals in the PRACTICE of PRAYER is to discover the truth about our selves, what is good and what is not, so that we might embrace God's Truth and live by it. So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." Jo 8:31

It is quite paradoxical, that in this generation that prides its self in strictly adhering to scientific truth for engagement with the physical world, chooses to embrace a subjective moral worldview for its social living. In other words, truth is what you say is good for you.

God is not only the author of all that exists, but it is God who assigns creation its very purpose for existing. When in creation something fulfills the purpose for which it is created, it is called true and good. It is not true and good when it fails to live up to God's purpose. 

People will say, it is my life, I can do with it as I wish. In truth, only God can give life. We are given our lives by God for a purpose with which we can cooperate or not. A good life is a life lived in harmony with God's will. A failed life is a life lived in rebellion to God's will.

The purpose for embracing the PRACTICE of PRAYER is to engage in a dialogue with the Lord, to learn and understand God's creative plan for our lives, and to measure the present reality of our lives by the truth of this standard.

"Speak Lord, your servant is listening. So, how am I doing?"

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