The Worship Quote of the Week for (12/04/2001):

Our Will or God's?
How can I properly align my prayer life with Godís purposes? Todayís
WORSHIP QUOTE is from a wonderful little study of the Lordís Prayer. The author suggests that we start with a hard look at what it means to pray "Thy will be done."


OUR WILL OR GODíS?
Praying is uniting our will with the will of God. It is not an attempt to
get God to do our will. It is desiring to do what delights God. It is
discovering that what pleases God will ultimately bring us joy as well. It is
following in his footsteps even when he leads where we fear to go.

óJames Mulholland, PRAYING LIKE JESUS: THE LORDíS PRAYER IN A CULTURE OF
PROSPERITY, New York: HarperCollins, 2001, p. 63. ISBN 0-06-001156-4


[Of course, Jesus is not saying that our prayers should not properly
articulate our needs and concerns. The model prayer goes on to mention our
"daily bread" and there are numerous Scriptures that encourage disciples of
Jesus to pray, and to pray specifically. My attention goes to that phrase in
James 4:3, "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong
motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures." Ouch!]


Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky
www.carlstam.org
www.sbts.edu