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Spring Harvest 2015: Wider 2

June 1, 2015

With acknowledgement to Krish Kandiah

Some more thoughts on the wideness of Jesus’ love. I mean I hardly let KK get a word in last time!

What is clear from Paul’s prayer is that we need supernatural power to understand this love. The challenge is that if we did understand – or at least if we understood more – we would not want to sin. That’s a very different motivation from not getting caught out.

Prayer. God does not want cosy prayers. He wants us to be real.  I read last week that God throughout the bible shows a marked preference for real people over good people (Philip Yancey – what’s so amazing about grace?). To be real in prayer. Prayer can be many things other than real, even in my own prayer times. Seriously I need to work on that!

We are to also seek to align our prayers with God’s heart. Prayer changes US.

God is so powerful and is able to do stuff in the world.

God is not, whatever Cliff sang, watching from a distance. He is fully active in the world. Often that is hard for me to understand but I cannot dare to let go of that thought.

God is not bounded by our imaginations. Neither says KK is he dependent on us praying a particular way. I have almost swallowed that from time to time. Is God really going to be that rigid? I am sure we can learn to pray better but doesn’t he look on our hearts and see our motivations. Does God work on technicalities?

The Ephesisans lost this love as Revelation reminds us. 

A final challenge will we trust him even when we don’t get what we want? The faith of Shadrach Meschach and Abednego was so real. Even if God did not deliver them, they would still trust in him. Do any of us feel that way?

If not we need to explore the wideness of his love.

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