For what should we pray?
Let me start by saying that I don’t like winter. I don’t like the cold. I don’t like the fact that it gets dark in the middle of the afternoon. I miss riding my bike. Like I said, I don’t like winter. Fortunately for me, last winter and this winter (so far) have been very mild. [I know, winter doesn’t actually start until next week. That is if the world doesn’t end first.]
But today on the local news they interviewed a man who owns a local ski resort. His snow making machines are running full tilt, trying to put down a surface for the skiers. Sadly for him, the weather forecast is for highs in the mid-50s and possibly thunderstorms over the weekend. So, hypothetically, if I’m praying for warm weather and this guy is praying for cold weather, what’s a Divine Being to do? The resort owner has a family to support and a lot of customers who want to slide down a slippery hill with boards strapped to their feet. It would seem the advantage would go to him. But the local meteorologists seem to be on my side.
To put things in perspective, I live in Saint Louis, MO. Today is the 11th of December. By all rights, it should be cold. If I want it to be warm in December, I should move to Florida. Now, I’m not here to argue for or against “global warming” except to say that the “global” part would imply that the whole world should be warm. As I write this, there is plenty of cold weather all over the world. But I digress.
I’m going to be outside a lot this weekend. It would be nice if the temperatures were warm. But is that something I should pray for? Why should my comfort override someone else’s enjoyment or livelihood? I’d also rather not get rained on. Buy the midwest is seriously behind in rainfall. The farmers, and all of us for that matter, could use a few inches of the wet stuff. Wouldn’t my prayer time be better spent in talking to God about my neighbor’s cancer, or my secretary’s husband’s surgery today? In general don’t we all spend just a little too much time telling God how to be God instead of asking Him what we can do to help?
Remember, Jesus did tell us how to pray:
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not to temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Not one word about the weather.