Forgive me for last weeks post. I thought I had picked the right scriptures, but apparently I didn’t. I didn’t realize it until I was at church the next morning and saw that the readings were different than what I picked the day before. I was all “oops!”
Genesis 18:20-32 (NRSV)
What an interesting section this is. It seems that Abraham is bargaining with God for the lives of the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah. Actually, I don’t think that’s the case. What I really think is God is letting Abraham voice his thoughts to help him realize that God will not destroy the ones He loves and cares for. He doesn’t want any of his little ones to perish. We are the ones who cause Him pain and grief, and it’s all out of rebellion.
Psalm 138 (NRSV)
Thanksgiving and Praise
1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word
3 On the day I called, you answered me,
you increased my strength of soul.
4 All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth.
5 They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;
but the haughty he perceives from far away.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
and your right hand delivers me.
8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Colossians 2:6-15 (NRSV)
This whole section reminds me of a song, or at least the words of the song run through my head: Christ in you, the hope of glory is the line that repeats over and over. Paul is trying to get his readers to understand the whole concept of putting off the old body and putting on Christ. We must be very careful when reading other philosophies. The slightest little thing can lead anyone astray. That’s the awesome responsibility of leaders, whether they be ordained or lay, have in speaking to congregations. The slightest little thing can ruin anyone’s beliefs, or can send them off on a wild goose chase, and all for naught.
Luke 11:1-13 (NRSV)
In the Lutheran denomination, along with at least the Methodists we recite the Lord’s Prayer in the service. It’s not His prayer per se, it’s the prayer He wants us to pray. In those short verses He sets out how it is to be done. I think that’s why it’s just easier to recite the words. Many times I’ve found myself mumbling through it without even thinking, which really isn’t a good thing. Other times, I think on each line and what it really means.
It’s more about prayer though. He wants us to ask for what we need. People think that they can ask for anything. It’s not that simple. It’s more along the lines of your beliefs. The longer you study the more your thoughts, and wants fall into line with what God wants for us. Then it’s easy to ask, because God will want to give us those things we are requesting and this prayer is a good place to start.