Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Rugged Cross Far Better than Paper Rug

My hope has been lifted to a whole new level! I received a thing in the mail this week informing me that a certain "church" in Oklahoma has prayed for me ("or whoever's hand touches this envelope") -- and I am going to be blessed!

They even sent me this cool prayer rug made out of paper. All I have to do is touch both of my knees to the prayer rug, ask God for anything I want (they even gave examples of "what I want" -- a Mercedes, a helicopter, a lottery jackpot).

There's a picture of Jesus on the paper rug. His eyes are closed. But when I finish praying, all I have to do is stare at His eyes and they will open. If they do, my prayers are answered. Then, I have to RUSH the rug (along with a form where I can enclose a donation) back to the Oklahoma "church" so another person named "Occupant" can get the same holy rug blessing.

If you are taking me or them seriously at this point, you need to log off of your computer, find a New Testament, Bible-believing church with an emergency room entrance and go to it as quickly as need Biblical Therapy!

God answers prayer. But He doesn't need paper rugs or holy envelopes. God is waiting for you to pray. And He knows your name isn't "occupant." God is prepared to bless you. But His blessings are eternal, spiritual, emotional, supernatural, often physical, and occasionally financial. God is not as interested in what you drive as He is what drives you. God is not nearly as apt to increase the odds of your gambling habit as He is to pay the debt of your sin.

God is bigger than that "church" in Oklahoma figures. His prayer lines are not for your profit. His throne room is not your casino. He doesn't exist to wait on you. You were created to serve Him.

He will take care of you. He will meet your needs. He will bless you as He chooses, and He looks at your obedience to His Son more than He checks to see if both knees are touching a paper Jesus.

All you need to know about prayer is found in the Bible, not in your mailbox. I won't waste time arguing how powerful prayer is because it is more powerful than any of us will take the time to realize and/or incorporate into our daily lives.

We don't need to open Jesus' eyes. Jesus needs to open ours. His words of truth are there for all to see: "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it" (John 14:13-14).

My hope is lifted. Not by a bunch of materialistic promises underlined in red on an envelope. But by the knowledge that God knows me by name, knows my past, present, and future needs, and cares for me enough to provide all that I need rather than all that I want.

Preferring a Personal Jesus to a Paper One,
Perry Crisp

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