I have recently been reading Philip Yancey’s book, What Good is God and have been astounded at the faith of some people across the globe. Here are a couple of examples:
In India, women with AIDS are praising God for their disease because their illness led them to encounters with Christians and in turn led them to encounters with Christ.
In Eastern Europe, a man from Moldova is praying for the return of Communism. He used to hold prayer meetings in a smelly outhouse…the one place that neighbors would not suspect. Now he’s praying for the return of Communism because he says, “Now that we are free, the church has lost its passion.” So, they are praying for the return of the old government to purify the church.
In the U.S., on the other hand, we rarely think of the commitment that is necessary to follow Jesus – or the joy of immersing ourselves in Him.
The Revolutionary Prayer
So, if you are anything like me, here is one short prayer that will revolutionize your life:
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Those of us who live in affluent countries have rarely prayed that part of the Lord’s Prayer with real sincerity. It’s hard to pray for something we already have. It seems disingenuous to pray for something that we don’t need. After all, we can provide this for ourselves. (You are allowed to laugh at that last statement!)
So, here’s the prayer angle for those of us who have bread, milk, butter, meat, and everything else at our disposal…
“Give us this day our daily bread. Not too much that we would forget You or turn from You. Not too little that we would doubt You. But, give me enough for today. Use all of my excess to help others. Just give me enough for today. And tomorrow, I know that You will do it again.”
That’s what life is like in God’s Kingdom.