In 2 Corinthians, Paul talks about how the troubles of the world are not eternal—how he fixes his eyes on what is unseen because what is seen is temporary. Through prayer, we too can have a real-world perspective.
Today’s CSC is being “complete” which means 1) being your entire self, 2) being in the present moment, & 3) operating in the real world.
How can prayer help us be more complete? If we’re not praying, we don’t have our life-line to the real world.
It’s too easy to focus on the problems in front of us and think of that as the real world. Since God is unseen, it’s easy to forget that He defines the real world.
Through prayer, God gives us an eternal perspective.
In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul says we do not lose heart because inwardly we are being renewed through light and temporary troubles.
And, in chapter 11, he talks about the long list of tribulations he’s suffered for the sake of the gospel—the things he considers light and momentary afflictions! He fixes his eyes on what is unseen because what is seen is temporary.
This perspective is how we have hope.
Evan loves thinking about how the world that seems so real is less real and less tangible than the afterlife we are promised.
Jesus talks about how the kingdom from heaven is among us already, and we engage in that through prayer. This is our pathway to the real world.
We need help remembering who God is and who we are. We get too easily stuck in worry and regret.
This is a continual process. We need to re-connect on a moment-by-moment basis.
No relationship works if there is just one interaction. It takes re-connecting over and over again. This is the nature of relationships.
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