Wednesday, September 15, 2010

One of my favorite writers, Philip Yancy, wrote: "A friend of mine once told me, 'I prayed every day that God would take away my thirst for drink, and every day when I woke up my first though was Jack Daniel's whiskey. Then one day I realized my craving for drink was the very reason I pray every day. My weakness drives  me to God.' That simple statement contains profound theology."

Let that thought sink in. The thought that "my craving for drink was the very reason I pray every day. My weakness drives me to God."

I don't especially  want to be driven to God. But if that's the only way to get to God then I'll take it.

Prayer has never come easy for me. I have always wanted to pray and be close to God.

For some of us it takes something very strong to drive us to God (like addiction to Jack Daniel's whiskey).

I'm praying that we, all of us, can be close to God without being driven.


Loren said...

I read a statement the other day that went something like this....

You can most likely never trust a man who doesn't have a limp....that limp keeps him ever close to God.

I've never thought about it that way and sounds alot like your post here today! I am with you on wanting to be close to the Lord! Prayer comes very natural for me...but I am a talker LOL Doubt very much that that surprises you ;) but HEY! God made me that way right?!?! I talk to HIM about everything :)

Going to catch up on all things CLIF :) Have missed being here but life has been CRAZY and blogging has been pushed to the side for a bit.

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Clif,
This is an awesome post...and thank you for your comments on my blogs--that was so nice of you!
I'm sending big hugs to you and Charlotte and a million "thank you"s for your prayers.
:-) Cindy

Karen said...

It has often crossed my mind that if I had been perfect and had a perfect husband and kids, I would have never been desperate to draw closer to Jesus.
I remember shutting myself in the laundry room to get a little time to pray when all the kids were at home. Thank God He meets us at our point of need.