Thursday, August 02, 2007
The River of God
I have been thinking and meditating about prayer. Trying to understand what it is, and its place in God’s will and God’s plan. I have a feeling that prayer somehow fits into God’s sovereignty and that we are not automatons. Our prayers do change the course of things. But how?
In my morning devotion today, I think I am beginning to see something. Not visually, like some people do, but an understanding of some sort began to dawn on me.
I thought of the analogy of a river. The river represents the plan of God. It is flowing towards a fixed point, consummating at the very end, where all that God has planned and willed will come to pass. In the meantime, the river is still flowing, at some points fiercely, at some points gently, and some points with lots of twists and turns. To pray or not to pray therefore is to flow or not to flow. You can either jump in the flow or stand by the bank to watch others flow. So whether you choose to pray or not, God’s will will be fulfilled. It’s just a matter of whether you want to be a part of it.
If you decide to be a part of the praying Christians, to be a part of God’s will, to be a part of the struggle and the blessings, jump in. And along the river, at times you may reach a meander. Just imagine, if there are many who are praying, the flow would be so great, the praying so fervent, the rushing flow of prayers will have the river cut straight across bypassing the meander. That is praying in God’s will. God will change the course of the river as we cry out to him, yet it is still heading the same way.
I am not sure if my analogy can be valid but it does give me a better understanding of what prayer is in light of God’s plan and sovereignty.
Picture by Penny Mathews