December 6th – Angry Prayers

When Christians pray for this violent sinful world, we are tempted to ask for the wrong things. We may come in what we think is righteous anger, asking God to blast bad people to their knees. You know how you feel when a child abuser is arrested for hideous crimes against innocent little children, or when a marriage breaks up because one of the partners decides he or she needed a change of bed partner, regardless of his or her children, let alone the betrayed and abandoned partner.
“Bring on them Judgment, Lord” the pious pray “Make them see the error of their ways”. Righteous indignation is one thing, but all such angry praying is wrong. For one thing, it assumes that we who are praying are in the clear, and are capable of being judges of our fellow humans. For another, we need to learn, if not from scripture, then from Aesop’s fables, about what works. Remember the sun and the wind had an argument as to which of them was strong enough to force a traveller to remove his heavy outer garment. The wind tried first. It raged around the man, and the more it blew, the more he hugged his overcoat to himself. When the sun shone on him unblinkingly, he got so hot he had to take off his overcoat.
People are not led to God to repent and bare their souls to him by angry prayers to an angry God. Listen to this from Titus Chapter 3 v. 3-6
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Since we don’t know to what rebel men and women will respond in penitence, and in a teachable spirit, we should pray that as it was God’s kindness and warmth that drew us to him and melted our hearts, so we should pray in love that God’s warmth will bring them to pull off all the protective outer protection and rejoice in the freedom of the kindness, the grace and the love lavished on them. Perhaps this is what James meant when he said to Christians in James Chapter 2 v. 12-13
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

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