Gospel Stories

Ok, it seems that my Monday posts for A Praying Life just gets later and later.
Chapter 23
“If we don’t get passionate with God in the face of disappointment, like the Canaanite woman, than cynicism slips in, and our hearts begin to harden. We begin living death.” I think one of the biggest truths I have learned is how I have let disappointment turn into cynicism in my own life. I am seeing how I need to get passionate with God in my disappointment.
I loved the three things to remember to live in our Father’s story
1) Don’t demand that the story go your way. (In other words, surrender completely)
2) Look for the Storyteller. Look for his hand, and then pray in light of what you are seeing. (In other words, develop an eye for Jesus)
3) Stay in the story. Don’t shut down when it goes the wrong way.
“Sometimes when we say “God is silent,” what’s really going on is that he hasn’t told the story the way we wanted it told. He will be silent when we want him to fill in the blanks of the story we are creating. But with his own stories, the ones we live in, his is seldom silent.” I am so changing the way I pray about “His Story” that I am not trying to write my story but allow Him to write his story.
Chapter 24
In this chapter, I keep seeing how I need to renew my wonder of what God is doing in my life. The story He is writing, is the greatest story ever told – how I pray I just enter in His story!
Chapter 25
Our stories will always consist of the showing of the gospel to others – that is why we are still left here. To show through our lives the gospel, I think that if I fully grasped that concept I would live so differently. “Consequently, gospel stories always have suffering in them. American Christianity has an allergic reaction to this part of the gospel. We’d love to hear about God’s love for us, but suffering doesn’t mesh with our right to “the pursuit of happiness.” So we pray to escape a gospel story, when that is the best gift the Father can give us.” OUCH! My prayer is that I would accept the suffering as a gift from Him.

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