Thursday, November 30, 2017

This week's lesson (November 25-December 1): No Condemnation

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.
You can sum-up all of Romans 8 (and not just the 17-verses this Quarterly talks about) in just seven words.

Ready?

Here they are: "You don't need a password for prayer."

And yes, that's important.

Then as now, remember, most religions said it was incredibly difficult to get in touch with The Divine -- so difficult that only the right people using the right words to ask for the right things in the right way at the right place at the right time could be sure they'd get a hearing.

Everyone else?

They'd get the same message you get when you're having trouble logging-on to your computer: "Password Incorrect."

To be sure, various and sundry "prayer hackers" said they'd found a way around this -- a way to by-pass God's security system, and get what you want from Him . . .

And then as now, they'd offer their "prayer hacks" for a price . . .

In books.

At seminars.

And through classes at Camp Meeting.

But in Romans 8:26-27, Paul says there's no need to "get in right" in prayer; in fact, he assumes we'll get it wrong -- that we'll use the wrong words to ask for the wrong things in the wrong way in the wrong place at the wrong time . . .

Yet God hears us anyway.

That's because Jesus has removed everything that comes between us and God -- yes, the pay-walls are down, the passwords have been removed, the signs that warned "Authorized Personnel Only" have all been thrown away.

If you want to get in touch with God, in other words, then feel free.

Nothing's stopping you

And if you need help . . .

Just ask.

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