I’m wrestling with something today, and as my faithful readers know, the best thing for me to do is to write about it and then to read comments from friends, to hear their perspective. Personally, I think it’s good to wrestle with things. By that, it helps us to come to a better understanding and to develop stronger and more personal convictions.
For example, drinking a beer. I can go by my upbringing to believe that one sip will send you straight to hell. On the other hand, many people that I know and admire believe that enjoying a cold one is perfectly okay and not have an issue. So, I pray for discernment. I read my Bible and search for applicable passages. I listen to both ends of the spectrum. Then, I develop my own personal conviction.
Ok, so here is what I am wrestling with today (No, it’s not beer). When Jesus spoke the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6, He said ‘This then is how you should pray’. Does that mean that I am supposed to pray those words, or does it mean that I’m supposed to pray according to the manner in which He used? My wrestling match is not so much in regard to The Lord’s Prayer but praying prayers that were written by other people and reading them, as to be my prayer. My struggle is with my desire to be spontaneous. I want to pray what is in my mind and on my heart. A written prayer by someone else does not seem personal, and even quite sterile.
I would love to have you sound off and give me your personal perspective…