I don’t pray for God to “show up.”
There’s never any PLACE nor any TIME in which He is not.
(If he wasn’t, the whole operation of creation would cease to exist.)
What I pray is for the eyes to SEE where and how He is moving.
I don’t pray for God to speak; He’s always speaking.
What I pray is for my openness to HEAR, and then the strength and COURAGE to obey.
I don’t pray for God to be with me; when He—in the form of Jesus the Christ—opted to take on human skin, He did that ONCE AND FOR ALL.
His love is not conditional.
What I pray is for me to live in the reality of that solidarity and love, to reject shame and any effort to try and EARN grace.
If God only showed up in certain times and places, if He only spoke or revealed Himself to certain people in certain conditions, if He was only with SOME people at SOME times, than (to me, at least), it would mean that there were “special people” that get to experience God, while the rest of us get some kind of lesser experience or portion of Him.
And that’s not grace.
So I take God at His word—that grace is REALLY grace (“unmerited favor”)—and that “Good News” (“Gospel”) REALLY IS GOOD NEWS.
I have all I need, SHOULD I CHOOSE TO LET HIM BE IN CHARGE.
When all is said and done, it looks a little like this:
“God show me how You are moving today. I surrender everything: my will, my plans, my thoughts. You are in charge. Guide me, and show me Your will, and give me the strength and courage to follow You today.
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
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This is so well put, Eric. I am going to print it and pray it every day.