The eyes of the LORD watch over those who do right;
his ears are open to their cries for help.
But the LORD turns his face against those who do evil;
he will erase their memory from the earth.
It should come as no surprise that the way I live my life impacts my prayers. The first half of the verse above promises God hears and helps based partially at least upon my past life choices. The second half reinforces that evil choices results in a lack of God’s responsiveness. In fact, theirs bad news for evilly lived lives – God not only won’t listen to their prayers, God will destroy even the memory of evil people. Maybe the following prayer should be our prayer as well:
Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst for the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim. Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love. Amen
- Sir Francis Drake -1577
What is YOUR response?