What does your prayer life look like? My generally revolves around thanking God for the many blessings He has graciously given to me and asking for help and protection each day. I am beginning to wonder about all these blessings though. What if all the comforts and “blessings” are actually not from above. What if the comforts we are realizing in this country are actually meant to lull us to sleep and keep us from knowing what really trusting in God is? What craftier tactic than to give the enemy wealth and riches and allow them to build big church buildings and homes and manicured lawns? What if all these things prevent us from doing what God has called us to do? Maybe our manicured lawns and big homes keep us so busy that we miss building relationships with out neighbors. Maybe building big churches and “christian” empires keep us so busy and ego driven that we forget about the Kingdom. Maybe a big paycheck keeps us from trusting on the hand of God for the necessities of life. I am not sure why I am having these thoughts today, except that our current sermon series deals with spiritual warfare. That combined with the fact that as I survey the Christian landscape I quickly become depressed about what I see churches doing and how I see Christians (myself included) living. What if many of these problems are from the enemy allowing us to get fat and happy?
Proverbs 30 is an amazing chapter and full of wisdom. For the sake of today, I will only mention three verses because the directly pertain to these thoughts. Proverbs 30:7-9 says,
“Two things I ask of You;don’t deny them to me before I die: Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need. Otherwise, I might have too much and deny you, saying “Who is the Lord?” or I might have nothing and steal profaning the name of God.”
Maybe in our churches and personal lives we are asking for the wrong things. What if this was our prayer? I have to admit this is not a comfortable thought. The implications of praying this prayer are enormous. What if God really takes away our creature comforts? What if I lose my job? While I don’t think that is the point of this thought, it does raise a bunch of questions and issues for me to wrestle with. Maybe when I am done wrestling with all these issues I will write a new book called, “The Words of Agur.” The whole “Prayer of Jabez” thing worked pretty well right? Take a look at the verses today and allow God to ask you some tough questions.