Lots of people have been praying for me.
These are decent, sincere, kind-hearted people.
I mean no disrespect…
…but that won’t prevent disrespect from taking place.
To be completely transparent…
…and at the risk of destroying any “Christian Cred” I have built-up…
…I don’t expect prayer to work.
“*GASP* That is a disgraceful lack of faith!”
I have a lot of trust in my faithlessness.
I don’t doubt God can handle the request.
I doubt I’ll pray for the right things.
Prayer is like sending a letter to your Congressman.
Do you think your Congressman is going to read your letter?
You know your letter is going to be opened by a staff member.
And your request will be ignored because it’s probably stupid.
You requested public funds so you could install a swimming pool or…
…requested a key to the Congressional washroom or…
…requested you be allowed to annex a city or…
…requested free snow cones for life or…
The point is, you want your Congressman to act according to your specific wishes.
Now, imagine getting a phone call from your Congressman.
That would freak you out, wouldn’t it?
You didn’t really expect your letter would get a response.
The Congressman tells you he’s gotta deny your request because it’s technically illegal to use tax money to buy snow cones.
Same thing with prayer.
Except God actually does call you.
He just doesn’t use the phone.
God speaks directly to your conscience and reminds you that He is in charge.
And that’s why I don’t expect prayer to work.
I’ve already told God that He will need to shoulder the responsibility of my life’s most important decisions.
When I pray for something specific…
…I’m almost certain it’ll be the wrong thing.
I expect my conscience will ring and God will tell me why my request is denied.
Is that pessimistic?
I’ll have to pray about that.