Language of Freedom
Prayer is not conquering God's reluctance, but taking hold of God's
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray
for tasks commensurate with your strength. Pray for strength commensurate
with your tasks.
is not overcoming God's reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.
God, Founder of the universe, help me that I may pray aright,
that I may act as one worthy to be heard by you and, finally, set
Freedom is perhaps the most central issue to the question of
good and evil, love and hate, truth and illusion.
in his holy nature has set freedom as a cause. He has created us free
to make our own choice to love him, - for only in liberty, is
love truly experienced and understood. The tree
of knowledge and the tree of life are reflections of this freedom.
could have designed his creation to automatically do, think and be
good, - and thus preventing evil to enter in the world. But
that we have made us mere 'automatons', not conscious creators
with the same power as the Father.
made us in His Image, of free moral agents. As Saint
Thomas Aquinas stated:
highest manifestation of life consists in this:
that a being governs its own actions.
A thing which is always subject to the direction
of another is somewhat of a dead thing."
free agents, God gave us the power and the dominion to make choices!
We are free to choose God's will for our lives or not to, to do good
or to sin, to create or destroy... It
is this freedom that has brought evil into our world, and it is also
this freedom that can bring back the good.
source of all power is thus in reclaiming our God given right to choose.
For only through our conscious choice can we become the righteous
men and women that we were created to be.
find the freedom from the effects of sin, through continually choosing
the way of heaven.
Will is therefore our liberty. Or as St Paul stated, 'everything
is permissible, but not everything is beneficial... You, my brothers,
were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the
sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love."
prayer we remind ourselves of the choices that are beneficial, and
how to be the kind of person that God can trust with His awesome