Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Most. Dependent. Ever.

In A Praying Life (Miller, Paul E. A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2009. Print.) by Paul Miller, the author does, in my mind, an excellent job of elucidating what it means to become like a child; the well-known mandate of Jesus in the gospels. He does this specifically in regards to prayer, but also generally in regards to life. Here is an example:
When Jesus tells us to become like little children, he isn't telling us to do anything he isn't already doing. Jesus is, without question, the most dependent human being who ever lived ... He is telling us to realize that, like him, we don't have the resources to do life. When you know that you (like Jesus) can't do life on your own, then prayer makes complete sense." (45)
This was an unexpected twist on the "be like a little child" imperative. Jesus the most dependent. Ever? C'mon. If that were the case, you would expect that Jesus would not do anything of his own accord, but only what someone else prescribed.
John 5:19 - So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing.

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