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Should I pray for parking spaces?

Should I pray for parking spaces?

By on Mar 1, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

An internal debate about the nature and character of God. I had begun to find it oddly disappointing when people got excited about God providing them with a parking space.  Recently reading John Piper’s book Brothers We are Not Professionals[i], I felt that he too would share my disappointment.    In a chapter encouraging pastors to help their people to understand how God expresses his love, he encourages us to focus not on the gifts that God gives us but on the eternal truths of how God is revealing his own glory by ‘making much of us’.   He lists several eternal truths that express ways God blesses his people including creating us, sending us a saviour and adoption into his family.  This chapter seemed to back up my own feelings that my prayers and thankfulness should focus on eternal matters and that I (and other people) should be less concerned about praying about everyday life and less enthusiastic about seeing God work in that area, especially if our bigger prayers were seemingly unanswered. However, a deeper and more thoughtful reading of Piper’s chapter helped me to see that this was not really his point at all.  Rather, he is arguing that when God does us good it is for his glory and that got me thinking again about my attitude towards praying for parking spaces! There are obvious dangers of focussing our prayer lives on our own everyday situations. Namely, that we will become so focussed on ourselves and our own situations and that soon we only have faith for God to work in the small things.  We become settled in our relationship with God and satisfied with answers to small prayers.   We also risk building our relationship with God on whether or not he gives us these small blessings and losing our faith when things start to go badly for us or when we experience painful times. However there seems to be at least an equal danger in failing to ask for God’s help with the everyday details of our lives and in only looking for God to act in big ways.  Paul tells the Philippians to pray about everything as an alternative to anxiety.   If we ignore the...

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