Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Between Two Worlds?

In his excellent book, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference (which I haven't finished yet, but would highly reccommend so far), Philip Yancey makes this statement:

The way jesus talked, prayer made everything else possible. Jesus seemed fully at ease with the Father and at unease with the world [around him].

Yancey asks the question, "Why should we pray?" I like his answer, which basically is this: we should pray because Jesus prayed. If we can come up with no other reason (and there are many others), we know that Jesus, God in the flesh, the Messiah, needed prayer and engaged in it often. If the G0d-Man needed this communion with the Father so regularly and so desperately, how much more do we need prayer.

Prayer is a bit of a mystery, but no doubt that Yancey is many ways, Jesus was an outsider here on earth and seemed completely at ease when talking to the Father. As Christians, we exist in a realm between two worlds (this is also the name of a John Stott book), the physical and the Spiritual. We are citizens of two kingdoms, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of man. Prayer leads us to be as comfortable in the kingdom of God as we are in the kingdom of man.

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