Devotions Fairydust

Great thoughts from the incomparable Jon Acuff of SCL.*

The post is titled “Stuff Christians Like #674: Treating our quiet times like magical spells” (for a full [hilarious] list of the first 500 things Christians like, go here).

If you’re anything like me, you probably occasionally treat your morning (or evening) Bible reading/prayer time as some kind of uber-special Christian rain dance. For me, talking to God in the morning is too much like sitting on Santa’s lap and telling him I’ve been a good boy. It’s like God will respond favorably to our prayers when we frame them with a Christian incantation. Don’t blame the Catholics either–how many times do we throw in “in Jesus’ name” at the end of our prayers because we want to somehow bind God to his word (John 14:14: “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it”).

A quote from the post:

It’s exhausting and ultimately kind of dumb too. God is not in heaven wearing Jon-sized handcuffs. He is not up there thinking, “Oh man, oh man, I have a really important message for Jon today. Let’s hope he does the right sequence of quiet time activities so I’ll be able to tell him.”

He’s God. He wants me in His presence. He’s not bound by a formula. He doesn’t need my magical quiet time routine to unleash him.

Read the whole post here. A book of highlights from the blog will be published in a book, set to come out this April.

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