Posted by: Terry | July 20, 2017

The first conviction and prayer

The first recorded prayer in scripture sets the tone for all of our dealings with God and with life. Abraham prayed, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do what is Just?” This is a confession of the conviction that marked Abraham’s faith. The issue was settled in his mind and heart, God will do what is right. This is the foundation of all true faith.

“Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” We pray this aright when we like Abraham pray that we are convinced that the judge of all the earth will do what is just. This faith is not limited by our own reason or understanding, but anchored in the character of God.

Daily the world around us tests our resolve and faith. Most of what we read in the news, what we experience in life, makes no sense, it is unfair and it brings pain and suffering to people and creation. We are enticed to slide into despair. Faith confidently prays, “Shall not (and he shall) the judge of all the earth do what is just?”

Oh that we could pray the prayer of Francis Xavier, “I do not love you because you can give me paradise or condemn me to hell, but because you are my God.”

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