An Honest Prayer

Thanks to someone in Men’s Group (Gary), I was finally able to find this clip after what seemed like years of searching. I have no idea when I saw the film, but I always remembered this prayer. At the time, I was a bit put off by it to be honest. Now I view it differently.

Today I see this as an honest prayer. Stewart’s character prays to give thanks to God, but the prayer focuses on all that Stewart has done to get what he has. His prayer shows that he believes he has what he has because of the strength of his back and the sweat of his brow. I say this prayer is honest because, for many, this is what they believe, but not necessarily what they pray. Even when we reflect Stewart’s feelings, we try to hide those feelings under words of thanks and gratitude. Our actions will give us away though.

Those who truly are able to see that all they have is a gift from God end up living differently (and praying differently). They live with gratitude and a thankfulness. They also are able to give back to God generously because they know that God has given everything to them. Knowing God has given everything to them, enables them to proceed in life with faith, giving to God along the way.

So, how do you really feel about what you have and where God fits into the picture of your blessings?

2 Replies to “An Honest Prayer”

  1. It has been a long time, my friend. I pray that you have received God’s blessings by answering His call. Thanks for posting the prayer, Dave. Your observation is on the mark. I am reluctant to put labels on the prayer, though. No one could accuse Joe Biden of being conservative. His generosity from tax coffers knows no bounds. As for what he has “earned,” though, that is his and he won’t even share it with the benefit of a tax deduction. Charity begins at home. With each one of us. Stewart’s prayer showed no charity. Biden’s conduct doesn’t, either. As members of the body of Christ, do we recognize the love and charity bestowed on us? Do we take personal responsibility to share it?

    Grace and peace,
    Chris

    1. It has been a long time Chris. Good to hear from you.

      To be honest, I didn’t notice the label at the beginning. That is not why I posted it. I believe the prayer stands on its own and reflects how many of us already feel. If we believed otherwise, our lives would be much different.

      Hope things are going well for you Chris!

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