Dear Malcolm ii

Letter V turns to some of the clauses from The Lords Prayer.

In relation to ‘Thy will be done‘ he says,

“The petition, then, is not merely that I patiently suffer God’s will but also that I may vigorously do it.  I must be an agent as well as a patient.  I am asking that I may be enabled to do it.  In the long run I am asking to be given ‘the same mind which is also in Christ’.”

Praying ‘thy will be done’ then, is not just inviting God to do what he wants with us, but pledging ourselves to being part with him in what he wants to do in the world.

God’s will can only be done in the here and now, if we are willing to be part to it.

In the words of Annie Johnston Flint:

Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work today

He has no feet but our feet to lead men in the way

He has no tongue but our tongue to tell men how He died

He has no help but our help to bring them to His side.

We are the only Bible the careless world will read,

We are the sinner’s gospel; we are the scoffer’s creed;

We are the Lord’s last message, given in word and deed;

What if the type is crooked? What if the print is blurred?

What if our hands are busy with other work than His?

What if our feet are walking where sin’s allurement is?

What if our tongue is speaking of things His lips would spurn?

How can we hope to help Him or welcome His return?

In praying ‘Thy will be done’, we are not praying for some vague hope, we are inviting God to do something today – and to do it with us.  “Thy will be done – by me – now”

I’ve ‘taken up’ C S Lewis for Lent.

They’re a couple of books that I found when we moved, and thought ‘I must have another read of those one day’.  Well in an effort to do something productive during Lent, ‘one day’ has come.

I started with The Screwtape Letters and now I’m moving on to ‘Prayer: Letters to Malcolm‘ , first published 1964.  It must be about 25 years since I read it – and a lot of water has passed under this bridge since then.

I’ll share just some of my random thoughts as I work my way through it – hoping they might spark some thought.  Feel free to comment!

~ by pamjw on March 12, 2010.

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