ramblings from the noisedoctor

February 12, 2009

am i that transparent to God?

Filed under: Christianity, family, prayer — noisedoctor @ 11:52 am

I had this thought last week.

My son (just turned 1 year old) was walking (yeah, he started that at 9 months, just like his Daddy) around the kitchen. I could see him admiring something on the counter. He then nonchalantly walked over to me with his arms open wide as if to hug me. But what he was really doing was hoping I’d pick him up. So, I did. He of course reached for the object on the counter with a sort of expression, “wow, look at this, I had no idea it was here.”

Now, perhaps I’m reading way more into my son there. But, it made me think about myself. How many times do I see something I want and then run to God with my arms wide open–pretending to seek Him but deep-down longing to be filled by that “thing” I seek, rather than longing to be filled by Him.

Yeah, I think I’m that transparent to God. Father, forgive me. Please help me purge my desire for this world.

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If you love the world, love for the Father [b] is not in you. 16 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful people, the lust of their eyes and their boasting about what they have and do—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17)

January 25, 2009

i consider myself in good company

Filed under: Christianity, prayer — noisedoctor @ 11:53 am

Recently, John Piper (a man I deeply respect) posted one of his Ask Pastor John audio clips. It related to something I posted a good while back: who do you pray to? (and in whose name?). While Piper is far more eloquent than I, he seems to agree with what I was saying.

I add the link not to boast. I am humbly appreciative that Pastor John backs up a conviction of mine. I’m glad to see other people seeking him out on the topic as well.

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