Some time ago a clergyman shouted with all of his might, “God, damn America!” Standing behind his pulpit with his colorful clerical robe and embroidered stole, his rant and rage shocked many who saw him on television.
The longer I watched and wondered, the more his words
confused and disturbed me. I could not help but think about the impact
this would have on those who were in his congregation or watching him on
television or read his words in newspapers and magazines. Surely some
would be as disturbed as I was. But, there would be others who would
agree with him and cheer for him.
Most often when we and others
call on God it is for a favor or something we cannot do. It could be for
healing, a financial need, a loved one who has wandered from God, or
insight or wisdom. Then there are others who call on God because they
want Him to use His power to do things that are destructive - like “God,
I hate America so much that I want You to use Your power to hurt people
David spoke of them: “They speak of You with evil
intent; Your adversaries misuse Your name.” We need to remind ourselves
that God will only answer our prayers if our requests are consistent
with His name or in keeping with His character. He is not available to
hurt or harm His children or His creation or to satisfy our anger or do
our “dirty work” or evil intentions.
God is always there, willing
to hear our requests and answer them in the way that will bring honor
and glory to Him. If we call on Him “with evil intent,” He will not hear
Prayer: Lord, grant us purity of heart and mind when we approach You in prayer. May our requests honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 139:20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.