“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17). Just as a wheel finds it shape and strength in its design around the hub, everything that is real finds its being and definition around Jesus.
Our finite little brains tend to think linearly and in terms of efficient outcomes. Like learning the rules to a new game, we strategize about how to play well in this Christian life game. When we pray, we have thought through what is required for a specific outcome and we are asking God to be the supplier of whatever is missing for our outcome to work. So what’s wrong with that? Shouldn’t we pray for God to fill in the missing pieces? Doesn’t He promise to answer when we ask? So why doesn’t He every time? Sometimes it seems He has disappeared. How does this game work? (more…)