This prayer from Paul culminates in a statement of practical worship, and hope for a legacy of it. Unfortunately, many Christians will never know that legacy because they would never think of God in these terms. As a culture, we have become too self-absorbed to want to give God such control in our lives. The idea that God accomplishes all things, and not ourselves, seems like an affront to our own finite sovereignty. It breaks the facade of independence from God. Instead, when many pray, they pray for this sovereignty in their own lives. Their goal in prayer is agency rather than humility. Their prayer is for reliance on their own knowledge and for their own wisdom to be true. They pray for blessings that allow them to rely on no one. They pray for a taste of God’s infinitude to be broken off for their usage. This should not be so. Prayer should be a recognition, not only of who God is, but who we are not. It is not just an expression of worship of God, but of a desire to do so. When it is expressed fully, it grows beyond this into the intercession for others as well, and a sincere longing for others to express this before God too.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts