Saturday, September 7th
By: Sharon Murphy
These days we are confronted every day with headlines filled with reports of wars, conflict, corruption, scandals, crime, fatal accidents and substance abuse. This is a reflection of the fallen and sinful world that we live in, which many accept as a norm. But should we? As a Christ follower, I know I’m in the world, but not of the world, and I recognize that this complete abnormality is far from what God originally created and intended for humanity. What then can we do? Pray first. Why? Because if we don’t pray, we accept the abnormality as the status quo and in essence, underestimate the power of God. Even worse, we overlook the nature of God and His relationship to this world. “Prayer is rebelling against status quo.”, said David Wells, former Gordon-Conwell professor of Historical and Systematic Theology.
If we browse through the book of Psalms, we are frequently reminded by the Psalmists of their relationship with and dependence on God. The writings commonly speak of God’s character: who He is, his authority, his powerful creative and redemptive actions, and his desire to make his name known among his people and in this world. The Psalms motivate me to want to pray and prayer gives me hope that God’s will is being done, and will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
I journey with King David in Psalm 103. David erupts in praise to God from his innermost being as he admonishes his soul not to forget about all God’s benefits: God forgives, heals, redeems, crowns, and satisfies us. Such reflection inspires me to grow deeper and more intimate with our relational God. Our God is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love (v8). He does not treat us as our sins deserve nor repay us according to our iniquities (v9). David is foreshadowing God’s love for us poured out in the ultimate sacrifice of Christ on the cross. We are recipients of this marvelous benefit, redeemed through the death and resurrection of Jesus. In Christ, God has intervened to break the status quo, and he will continue to intervene to grow his kingdom. So when we pray, we no longer underestimate God’s power or overlook his nature, but understand God’s heart for us.
We are also reminded again by King David that our God is a faithful God whose love and righteousness are with those who fear him and keep his covenant (v17-19). Our God, the creator of this world, has established his throne in heaven and his kingdom rules over the whole earth and the people in it.
As we practitioners of the Christian faith, Jesus followers, and children of God reflect on Psalm 103, why would we accept the status quo of the world as is today in its fallen state? Why would we be complacent and overlook God, his presence, power, authority and love for his people and this world?
The LORD Jesus taught us how to pray as recorded in Matthew 6:9-13. Let’s rebel against the status quo and pray for God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done!