Seeing our Concerns in their Proper Context

Psalm 89:11–12

The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it—you have founded them. The north and the south—you created them.

 Colossians 1:16

In Christ all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him.


I heard a prayer this morning on one of the podcasts I regularly receive. It was offered by a pastor in behalf of a young man who was concerned about an argument he had with his girlfriend. The prayer went like this:

Dear God of creation, who created the universe from nothing, scattered billions of stars at a mere word, engineered every favorable condition necessary to support life on this blue planet, populated the oceans and the land with creatures of unimaginable variety and complexity, orchestrated all of nature and made man its master;

God of David who with a river stone dropped a giant to his death and made a shepherd boy a king;

God of the disciples who on Pentecost received your power, spoke in other languages so 3000 were baptized in one day, and then turned the world upside down for Christ;

Father of Jesus who made the blind see and the lame walk, lepers whole and the dead to rise, and gave his life to rescue those who were hopelessly dead in sin and made them alive to righteousness and eternal life;

God of creation;

God of history;

God of the Bible;

God almighty,

Could you possibly be of some help with this young man’s girlfriend? Amen.

Wow! That’s a prayer in its proper context! I wonder if more of our prayer time was spent honoring God, and recalling his works and wonders we would see our concerns in their proper context. But make no mistake: The God who is above all things, who created the world and called the stars by name has his eye on the sparrow, and cares about all the affairs of women, men, boys and girls, you and me. He is a mighty God, faithful and true, worthy of our worship and attentive to our prayers. May his name be praised!

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