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A Greater Option
by Sarah Mursell
09/23/06
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In the past i've often thought,'If God already knows my inner self and needs, including what i'm about to ask Him now, then why bother praying at all? However, not praying made things much worse(god knew that before i did!).

I think that God will help and intervene, if we directly ask , be it in a bus queue or at home on our knees.If our heart is open and expectant to Him, then the prayer will have got through( and faster than any email or text).

Otherwise, God would be intervening against our choices.

We have free will, especially when it comes to our creator who knows all, and, dispite wanting only the best for us, has kept His promise and will not contradict His decision of free will.

Also, when it seems as if God isn't helping,(and there is always a reason why not)we become so spiritually immature, forgetting all we have learned-or say we have learned! Yet we eagerly lap up the good times, and never question them why.

How typically selfish on our part, and arrogant to wonder why we should bother praying at all! Lazy too, expecting God to step in and 'rescue' us from our inconveniences without even acknowledging Him with a prayer of request.No request means we did not ask, and therefore need not notice an answer, and certainly no need for a thankyou!

I have also been considering the bad times i have difficulty in accepting.In fact, by the time i decide to accept and come to terms, it's already past me by!

Here is a way of many to think about good times and a need for the bad;

If there were only good times, then we, in our nature would surely welcome them without any forethought or wisdom. We would quickly and easily get used it, forget the existance of 'bad', and take it for granted as quickly as we accepted it.We would possibly pray less-therefore feeling alot less dependant or thankfull to God.We would become physically and spiritually lazy with much less needing to be done.Perhaps we would care alot less-after all, there would be less to care about.All that, leaving us unsatisfied-it would eat itself up, and contradict all that the meaning of 'goodness' stood for!What a mind boggler!

Let's consider the beauty that comes from badness in it's various shapes and sizes.

For out of misfortune, tragedy,sin and sorrow, comes pity,compassion, remorse, repentance, and active care.

Out of the sin of the whole world(and thats alot of sin)Jesus came to save what seemed unsavable.

So God does not say.'You made your bed of sin-lay in it',no He has simply respected all the choices we have made.After all isn't it our right,we say,to make our own choices in the end?Fair enough then.

But He is also giving us another,greater choice-another option, should we realise that we made some unwise choices, and need to change.

God will not stop our choices we want to make, but He will always be there-waiting, with the other option that is made for us and free to go ahead and take, and freedom from all the bad choices we think will haunt us forever.

As for me- i believe i've chosen the greatest option known to man

I hope you have.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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