Coffee with Jesus
Has anyone else seen the video that Worship Fuel has produced? It’s very poignant to see that and stop and check your heart just to make certain that it wasn’t an accurate reflection of your own prayer time. (I mean YOUR time, of course, never mine) 😛 😉
Here’s the link.
Amusingly and sadly all at once, this video reminded me of someone I used to attend church with. They would tell me all the time that I couldn’t ask God for the things I was asking Him for, because He was bigger than that. (Which used to crack me up in and of itself. I was asking for things that I thought were impossible. I couldn’t imagine why He was too big to answer those prayers….but that is another story.) Yet, when they would take the time to teach me about prayer, their prayers were frequently like the ones in the video.
From that, Father LOVINGLY reminded me that I haven’t read “The Magnificent Obsession” by David Swartz in a LONG time and it was time to re-read it! It is simply a delicious kick-in-the-backside kind of book. My soul laps at it like a kitten to cream. The first time I read it, I wrote off quotes from it and put them all over. (It’s really that good – I’ll give you a few nibbles here in a sec to show you what I mean) One of those quotes read, “To always put our needs in front of God’s priorities is idolatry. To never pray beyond these concerns (my note: the daily stuff of life) is to demand that God bow His knee at the altar of our need, that He subjugate His concerns to ours.” (O.U.C.H.)
Pulling out the book to enjoy it anew was alone is worth the price of admission! 🙂
As promised ~ a few tidbits for your own gnawing:
Now, in prayer, we come to One greater than any earthly potentate. Whenever there is a need we come before One whom men cannot look upon and live. And beyond that, we’re encouraged to do so with the unprecedented familial name of Father on our lips: “Our Father, who art in heaven…” That we can address the Creator of the Universe with such an intimate name and actually bring deep joy to our Father’s heart is astounding. If we’ve never been struck dumb with astonishment at this, a big piece of our spiritual education is missing. ~ pg 139
God is not being cruel when He refuses to forgive us if we refuse to forgive others. Something hard and thick comes over the soul of a person who will never forgive. “Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontation still to come, to savor the last toothsome morsel of both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back – in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.” ~ pg 124
It hurts to ask whose kingdom we’re really building. But it will probably hurt us and our loved ones a lot more not to ask at all. ~ pg 175
Faith itself is not easy. Those who think it is have never exercised the real thing. Faith does not mean a carefree absence of doubt, but it means acting on God’s trustworthiness in spite of the doubts we have. ~ pg 190
Kingdom Seekers should have the heart of a child and the hide of a rhinoceros. ~ pg 131
(All quotes from David Swartz’s book, “The Magnificent Obsession – Seeking First the Kingdom of God” Navpress 1990)