PONDER on THIS for Friday, June 20th, 2008 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“Skepticism is so prevalent in our society that few prayers, it seems, have much chance of being answered. In fact, the Bible makes reference to God not having patience with those who challenge Him. It would appear as if people have always been skeptical of the nature of prayer. But God isn’t some petty deity just waiting for us to violate protocol so He can punish us. That is an aspect of our own personality that we assign to God.

The simple fact is that by challenging God to prove His existence by showing you some arbitrary miracle, you have created a double-bind of sorts, and most likely have neutralized your prayer action. That is, of course, if you made one in the first place. Most people that pose such challenges to their creator never actually ask for anything. A vague challenge to simply, “Show me a miracle…” has already been met. Ask God to show you a miracle and then simply open your eyes; miracles abound everywhere you look.

It’s as if God is laughing at you, returning the challenge by asking you to show Him a place where there are no miracles. The fact is, no human is sophisticated enough to come up with a request which cannot be met by God. Our lack of sophistication may limit our ability to understand the answer when we see it, but rest assured; in God, all things are possible.”

Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”

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