Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
The Christian faith has been so popular, for so long, the radical nature of God’s love no longer feels that distinctive. We simply assume God is sitting back, waiting for us to talk, and to answer our prayers. That wasn’t as obvious to the people thousands of years ago. I’ve already given examples of the selfishness and cruelty of the Greek and Roman gods in past sermons. Before Jesus, the average person didn’t necessarily expect God to be at their beck-and-call.
Until we recognize the shocking, radical, gift that God gave us, we will never fully appreciate it. It takes the Trinity to understand the fulness of God’s loving commitment to us. God is not only all powerful, but loving enough to experience our lives in Christ. Just as amazing is the unique intimacy of the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, God is available to be with us at any time. God is working in and through us at every moment of our lives. Even when we are not interested in God, God remains interested in us. More than interested, God’s love lives in and through us.
The bond we have with God is in the very marrow of our being. To deny God is to deny ourselves. When we pray, we are being fully ourselves. That is the gift God gives us in allowing our “request be made known.” We are called to appreciate this gift, to cherish it, and to use it every minute of every day.
Today, we offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the gift of God’s attention, love, and commitment. Give thanks for the radical offer of God’s self to you and me. We might seem unworthy of such Divine attention, yet God doesn’t think so. We are left to give up our self-loathing and admit that we are loved. Accept the truth that you and I are valuable because we are loved by God. It is time to take everything to the one who resides in and through us, and makes us whole.