Why I’m not forwarding this prayer
Who creates these memes?! (Oops, I’ve already broken the spell by asking a question! Rats!)
No, this prayer is not “so powerful!” God is powerful! And he’s not obligated to bless you if you send this to 12 other people! God doesn’t operate a multi-level blessing scheme!
No, God is not going to determine if he’s “first in your life” by whether or not you forward this prayer! He wants to know you are loving him and loving your neighbor. (I don’t think God even has a Facebook account to check in on his creations.)
No, you don’t have to invite God to “walk” through your house—if it’s his will. God is everywhere! Even in public schools that some of these meme writers think his omnipresence can’t fill. His “will” is to live inside of you and fill you with his Spirit—not make a visit to your house!
Yes, do ask questions! Is this simply a scam to increase the creator’s page views? Is this prayer biblical? (Prayer is about aligning our will with his—not giving him a shopping list of blessings. Try the actual prayer Jesus gave us! Not this prayer. Not Jabez’s. Pray “The Lord’s Prayer.”)
Yes, I will pray that Facebook users grasp a greater view of God power and majesty than these posts proclaim. A much wider understanding of what truly pleases God. And a love that goes beyond whether or not we forward these memes.
So, here’s my prayer. (And it’s straight out of the Bible!)
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God (Ephesians 3).
Copyright © 2016 James N. Watkins
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