Dangerous Praying: Fruits of the Spirit...

Galatians 5:22-23
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control..."

I'm convinced that certain prayers are quite dangerous:

  • Praying for patience might just mean learning to wait for it.
  • Praying for humility might entail being humbled.
  • Praying for joy can mean having to choose it (when we don't feel it).
  • Praying for love means loving the most difficult to love.

The Christian life is not an easy one. It is not a religion of wish-getting. I pray for the fruits of the Spirit in my own life, and am daily-terrified of how hard it is to learn such lessons.

1 comment:

nate said...

"It is not a religion of wish getting"

Somebody should proclaim that from the mountain tops.

Praying for these fruits of the spirit is almost certainly accepting suffering (in a good, non-masochistic way).

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