Posted by: Terry | June 22, 2011

The simple prayers are best

First cup of tea

Reading John 11 verse three stood out, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” What a simple prayer, yet what a prayer.

This prayer is based on the love of Christ for his friend. Christ calls us friends, he says that we can pray to the Father because we are loved by the Father. (Jn 16.26-27) No merit of mine, no list of the reasons why I am deserving, but simply the unmerited love of God.

This prayer makes no specific request, it is profound in its simplicity, “the one you love is sick.” No detailed plan for Christ to implement, no expectations or demands. It is full of faith that the love of Christ for his friend will be enough. Do I believe that, do I accept that?

When confronted with the deepest needs “we do not know what we ought to pray for.” But the Spirit does know and does pray. (Romans 8.26) We ask for what we want, when a better appeal is to place the one we love in the lap of the One who loves them even more and trust His love to do what is best.

Second Cup of tea

When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,

I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.

You guide me with you counsel and afterword you will take me into glory.

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.

My flesh and my heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73.21-26 NIV)

Father when I get to glory all I want is to sit down and have just one cup of tea with you face to face, that will be enough.

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