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Allowing God to reign in our hearts

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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 4:30 am

Many a theologian has written commentary on the Lord’s Prayer, and indeed, there are many aspects of it that cut to the heart of what Christian prayer means.

In Luke’s version, just before Jesus instructs the Apostles about how to pray to the Father, we see the Master Himself praying to Him.

St. Paul tells us that Jesus “emptied himself, taking the form of a slave” when he became man. As such, his humanity helps us to understand our own humanity, and how we as humans should pray to the Father.

After teaching them the words with which to pray, He goes on to speak about the frame of mind we should possess as we pray to the Father: one of trusting persistence.

I think sometimes we feel that God doesn’t hear us or doesn’t answer our prayers when we pray to Him because many times those prayers seemingly go unanswered or not answered in the way we think they should be.

This often leads us into the temptation of giving up or worse, thinking that somehow, because God has not answered my prayer in the way I think it should be answered, I have fallen out of favor with God. But when we say “your kingdom come,” we are essentially inviting God into the deepest part of our hearts and allowing him to establish his kingdom and reign there.

This can be a scary invitation because it means we have to give up control of our lives and allow someone else to take over. It is living with a degree of uncertainty and let’s face it, this is not a comfortable place to be.

But The Lord doesn’t aggressively “take over” in a hostile way; rather, he asks us to persistently trust that He sees the whole picture while our limited minds can only see part of the picture of our lives. This sacred bond of trust is where we encounter The Lord and begin to see our lives with His eyes and experience situations as he experiences them.

As this relationship of trust builds, life begins to take on a different meaning and purpose regardless as to what situation we find ourselves in. There is a liberating freedom that awaits us when we say “yes” to God.

Two ways in which that sacred bond of trust is broken is through sin and resentment. Sin severs that trust because we resort back to “our kingdom come” and thus, place our egos and limited world view at the center of our heart.

When we live in this way, we treat ourselves as gods and when someone wrongs us, we find it hard to forgive them, often times clinging to a resentment that enslaves us.

When Jesus says, “I no longer call you slaves, but friends,” he is acknowledging that human beings no longer need to live in such slavery, but invites us “to share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.”

However, we all know too well, that the usual human response takes time, and many of us are not ready for this. We tend to persistently cling to resentment and sin because, in our limited minds, we perceive it as being familiar and safe, but at the same time, we remain a state of unhappiness.

The Lord understands our human condition — better than we understand ourselves — and patiently waits for us.

As we continue our lives of faith, perhaps we can ask the Lord to instill in us a growing persistence to allow His Kingdom to come and reign in our hearts — always welcoming Him without fear.

The Rev. Chris Downey is pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove.

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1 comment:

  • JMJ posted at 2:07 pm on Wed, Jul 31, 2013.

    JMJ Posts: 3

    From the Douay-Rheims Bible Saint Paul speaks as such:
    "But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man." - Philippians 2:7 The New American Bible does use the words "in the form of a slave" though not to man and corruption but to God.

    Seems when people in America take your words literally they forget who they are being obedient to. Saint Peter describes the so called "Public Servants" and those who blindly follow them quite well in this verse from the Bible: "Promising them liberty, whereas they themselves are the slaves of corruption. For by whom a man is overcome, of the same also he is the slave." - 2 Peter 2:19 That is America today.

    Again it seems when we follow the blind we do just that, become slaves of corruption for that is what U.S.A. Incorporated has done to hundreds of millions of Americans. Lucifer and his followers (Freemasons, Zionist Jews and Zionist Christians and many Catholics) have duped the American people into believing that they are free when nothing could be further from the truth. U.S.A. Incorporated serves the Temple Crown and the Temple Crown serves the Vatican. The American people are being told they are responsible for the national debt yet this is another lie for We The People are the true creditors for it is our full faith and credit In God We Trust that funds the fractional reserve banking system. We The People are the beneficiaries not the trustees and the trustees have more than enough to pay the debt but they refuse to and hoard the funds for themselves and their families. So it is the blind false teachers continue being slaves to corruption and not God and thus the total breakdown of society. Such false teachers are afraid to speak the truth. Do a study and some research. The Jews who are not Jews own just about everything. They control the currency, the media and even Washington D.C. The time to wake up is past.

    "He sent a man before them: Joseph, who was sold for a slave." - Psalms 104:17

    "A slave will not be corrected by words: because he understandeth what thou sayest, and will not answer." - Proverbs 29:19

    God's will be done, not this corruption called the New World Order. America was and is destined to not be a part of this corrupt social disorder called the NWO. Why do so many slaves to the corrupt U.S.A. Incorporated think allowing it to happen will cause the return of the Lord any sooner?

    "By three things the earth is disturbed, and the fourth it cannot bear: By a slave when he reigneth: by a fool when he is filled with meat: By an odious woman when she is married: and by a bondwoman when she is heir to her mistress." - Proverbs 30: 21-23

    Just imagine if We The People were taught to be Sovereign and beneficiaries to God's Kingdom, instead of slaves to the corrupt. For such slave mentalities do not trust in God, they trust in man.