Horrible, terrible news from Paris today.
The hashtag #PrayForParis went nuts on Twitter, and the people of Paris, France definitely need prayers. That’s certainly true.
Pray for the injured.
Pray for the families of the murdered.
Pray for order and justice.
Pray for the government.
Pray for the successful proclamation of the gospel to all parties on all sides.
And so on…
But I cannot help but notice how ironic it is how so many people who essentially live as though God doesn’t exist all of a sudden call for prayer when life takes a turn for the worst…as if folding one’s hands were some sort of emergency plan for life when everything else fails.
For example, Katy Perry was calling for people to Pray for Paris today.
I mean, come on. She lives with about as much concern for God as Steven Fry.
If you have no regard for God in your work, leisure, relationships, parenting, finances, politics, etc. but somehow think he’s obligated to treat you as if nothing’s amiss when your life turns upside down, why is that again?
Why does Yahweh, the God of the Bible (and the one you’re likely praying too), owe you a favor when you’ve done your best to utterly disregard him (outside of holidays and the occasional time you were upset) until now?
Do you get annoyed at friends who only call you when they need something from you because you see through their blatantly obvious manipulation and duplicity?
Do you think God’s stupid enough that HE doesn’t see through your blatantly obvious manipulation and duplicity?
Just a quick thought from a tired and burned out fellow.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Pray Without Ceasing” Unger