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Summary: Seeing the Unseen Christ means experience the privilege of authentic prayer

An article in the Denver Rocky Mountain News described various web sites to which people can submit prayers. One site, Newprayer.com, says, "Simply click on the ’Pray’ button and transmit your prayer to the only known location of God." The site claims "that it can send prayers via a radio transmitter to God’s last known location," a star cluster called M13 believed to be one of the oldest in the universe.

JUDITH GAINES, "TAPPING INTO GOD," DENVER ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS (3-13-00), PP.6B-7B

"Crandall Stone, 50, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, engineer and freelance consultant, set up the site last winter after a night of sipping brandy and philosophizing with friends in Vermont. The conversation turned to Big Bang theories of creation, and someone suggested that if everything was in one place at the time of the explosion, then God must have been there, too.

"’It’s the one place where we could be sure he was,’ Stone said. ’Then we thought that if we could find that location and had a radio transmitter, we could send a message to God.’ "After consulting with NASA scientists, the friends settled on M13 as the likely location. They chipped in about $20,000, and built a radio-wave-transmitting Web site."

Stone reports that they transmit about 50,000 prayers a week from seekers around the globe.

Prayer at its basic level is communication with God. Like all communication, whether face-to-face or via radio telescope, it is prone to confusion, misdirection and misunderstanding. Prayer becomes magical if we’re not careful. Magic seeks to control God, to get him to do things our way. If we believe we can talk God into something we know isn’t his will we are in fact, trying to cast a spell on Him to control God. We’re guilty of this whenever we believe that the right words, attitude, position, or tone of voice will make God do what we want.

What makes a difference is the personal experience with Jesus that those who call themselves Christians have experienced. We’ve been imagining how things might be different if Jesus were actually present with us on Sunday mornings. We would probably be ready for worship, being on time and alert. If we saw Jesus here on Sundays we would do those things that he approved of like loving others and saying no to sin. We’d want to be like Him because we love Him. And last week we saw that one way we could live like Jesus would be to serve others with eagerness because we remember that Jesus served us.

Do you imagine that His presence might impact our prayers? Do you think we’d have the same thoughts, use the same words, and go over the same old requests time and time again? When we see Christ we become free to face Him with a new power in our prayer life—we discover an authentic prayer. By authentic prayer I mean prayer that meets Christ’s approval and honors him. Suddenly Christians stop just going through the motions of praying. They cease trying to be religious, and the reality of the privilege of authentic prayer sets in. We seek to discover what God is doing and to offer ourselves to him so that we might jump on His bandwagon.


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