Remember dedicating time to more important things or better still more fun things other than prayer?Well,I have questioned a lot.Like why do Muslims for example have to pray not only once,twice or even thrice but do it up-to five times a day?Jeez! Wake up at 5 in the am to pray?Wasn’t prayer supposed to be fun(I mean in God we find peace and comfort,right?)
But then at this very point it hits me that prayer is a warfare and no warfare was ever won lying on one’s back now,is there?Check out this inspiration right here:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12 NIVhttps://bible.com/bible/111/eph.6.12.NIV
I wondered also to some extent why Muslims pray facing a certain direction,Makkah in this case.Something we should discuss more in the next portion of this series.
They call the direction of worship Qiblah,quite interesting names these are;I would almost call my son Qiblah but with a “K” if I didn’t know what it meant.
My friend Samira however explained to me what this means before I went ahead to use if for my future son’s name.
Well,the more however I have questioned on and on,the more I find myself in Job’s shoes and in his shoes,I am scared,yes,scared for sure.
For a little drift though,ever asked yourself how such a righteous man as indicated at his time would have to suffer at the hand of satan?And at that by God’ permission?Either way though,satan is meant to mean the opposer of God’s will so makes little sense I guess.Check out Job 3:25 and get the reason why?a portion we always miss as Job himself reports,
“For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me,and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.”
This in turn takes me to the extreme right as reported years later,Peter,one of Jesus’ closest disciples and follower asks to walk on water towards Jesus.He is bid to do so which he does.Halfway through however,he looks away and a great storm sees he approaching.He gets scared in turn and starts drowning,cries out to Jesus who naturally stretches forth his hand and saves him,pulling him up from drowning.Later,the same master ,Jesus asks him,”Why did you doubt?”
In my mind at this point play out two intricate scenarios.No,three in fact.Job is at a point the wealthiest man recorded in the East and by human standards,he is scared of losing his wealth.Quite natural huh?This same fear bites him bad as it sweeps away all his family.Peter on the other hand is prospering and walking on water,if this ain’t prosperity then I don’t know what is.When he however looks away,and sees the approaching storm(synonymous to our daily troubles),he loses focus just like we all do,gets scared and starts drowning,almost losing his life.
Going back to our young infamous friends we get the third scenario.With little boys Shadrack,Meshack and Abednego is there no fear found.There statement is quite amazing indeed,check this out:
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
This kind of trust drives me to see that these little men worshipped God not cuz of what He could do but just because of who He was,that He was God and worthy of all worship,glory and honour.Not because He could do or could not do.Deliver them or not,He was still God and to be worshipped under all circumstances!
At this point,devoid of all fear,they worshipped God in truth and in spirit.They let go of everything and just let God take control and be God.Reminds me of the song called Jesus take the wheel.I feel like singing right now but this voice of mine,goodness! It amazes me how it can sing three to four and sometimes even a cracked five different notes in just one stanza.
Leave my beautiful notes alone.These little guys on the other hand let God’ will take centre stage in their lives and nothing else really mattered.Whether He would act or do nothing at all,the left that choice entirely to Him.True worship or fanaticism? But the beautiful fruits are seen as these three are not burnt in the flames heated up to the incredible tune of seven times.Even king Nebu knew that 7 meant the number of completion and wanted a complete furnace.Hahaha.
Ps.Can we at this moment in life have such complete and undeterred trust in God as these three had?
(Catch more sketches of trust in the next portion of prayer)