Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Opus 2021-292: The Warrior Class

I don’t understand prayer.  God is omnipotent and omniscient.  He does not need my buy in to right the wrongs and cure the ills of the world.  At the same time we are commanded to pray and given to believe that prayer can change things.  I do not understand prayer, but I pray because it is commanded.

I don’t understand prayer warriors.  Maybe you have not heard the term.  There are some people who devote long hours to prayer.  As a general rule they do not broadcast their schedule but get ratted out by people who know them well.  I remember reading a book titled Rees Howells:  Intercessor somewhere in my education.  It seems it is still in print.  All I can remember is that the stupid decisions of Hitler that caused him to lose the war were directly the result of the prayers of a group led by Howells.  

Most of the prayer warriors I hear about are severely limited in their lives.  They are often invalids who cannot get out of bed or the wheel chair.  They may be old and infirm.  They are in a place where the only ability they have is prayer, and they make use of that ability.  I often hear of mothers and grandmothers who have prayed for loved ones for years before there is any improvement.  Some people live lives of prayer.

Which brings me to my point.  I often ask, “Why me?” in relation to my physical blessings.  For someone my age I am doing very well.  Maybe God keeps me moving because I would make such a pathetic prayer warrior.  I don’t know if that is a good thing or a disappointment, but that is the way it is.

homo unius libri


  1. I believe the reason God keeps you moving is because He loves you. And the reason He loves you is because He loves you. And as His love is unconditional, it doesn't depend on your behavior, either past, present, or projected (I would make such a pathetic prayer warrior). Just make the best use of the gifts He has given you out of gratitude for His having given you those gifts. Those of us who have children understand a little of this from the other side of the relationship.

  2. If love is unconditional then it still doesn't explain, "Why me?" because he loves the guy struggling to walk just as much.

    Believe me, I am grateful.

    Grace and peace


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