To Whom are you Praying?

One’s understanding of prayer is indeed correlative with one’s doctrine of God. If we envisage a world of higher spirits (daemons) who are superior to mortals but limited in power, then prayer might well take the form of trying to cajole or control these higher beings (as in primitive religion). If we conceive of God as the architect of the universe or a providential ruler sublimely detached from the created order, then prayer would probably be limited to resignation and thanksgiving (as in idealistic philosophy). If God is envisaged as a supreme being who is infinite in power but also merciful and just, then prayer could assume prescribed forms that do not bend the will of God but discipline the human mind to be receptive to God’s providential ordering and leading (as in ritualistic religion). If God is portrayed as the infinite ground and depth of all created being, the uncreated center of the soul, then prayer could assume the role of introspection, meditation and contemplation. If God is envisaged as the all–powerful and all–loving heavenly Father—Infinitely concerned with the well–being of his sons and daughters—then prayer could express itself in heartfelt supplication, intercession and confession (as in biblical religion).

Donald G. Bloesch, God, the Almighty: Power, Wisdom, Holiness, Love (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 233–234. [emphasis mine]

Made for Worship?

A common trope among orthodox Christians is that we were made for the purpose of worshiping God. I’ve been thinking a lot about this and I’m sure I will write some more in the near future. I really want to dig into the Bible on this one.

But off the top of my head, the idea that we were created for worship doesn’t make a lot of sense. God has no need to be worshipped. To want to be worshipped seems like a juvenile reason to create people.

I think, rather, that worship is a natural human response to who God is, when we finally begin to grasp who he is.

I believe we are made to be partners with God in managing his creation. I guess you could say we aren’t made for worship, but we are made for discipleship.

Stop Being So Selfish and Disrespectful

Photographers, Instagrammers: Stop Being So Selfish and Disrespectful:

People now seem incapable of appreciating the scene before their eyes – thinking instead that it will be improved by them stood in the middle of the image in that straw hat and floaty dress they’ll likely return to a poor retailer later that day, all for the sake of achieving “internet fame”….

Wouldn’t it just be nice to appreciate the view?