Just

Ever noticed how so many Christians use the word ‘just’ in their prayers? “Lord, just bless this person/instance/organization……..just fill each person with your spirit……just have your way in this situation….” Where did this come from? Why do we say this?
It sounds like we are limiting God, like we are only asking for this very specific thing in the very small way that we can envision. What if we eliminated the word just from our prayers and from our imaginations? What if we stopped limiting God to just what we think He should do?

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  1. Interesting point. i feel that this is a convention that we have let slip in that somehow allows our prayers to “fit in” with how other people pray. But i like how Christ addresses such conventions: “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” (Mt 6:7-8) Not sure if this speaks directly to your point, but it does remind me that i don’t need to craft my prayers expertly, nor be conscious of asking Him for “just” this or that.

    1. I completely agree, I just don’t want to say the words for the ears of man, and also possibly limit God with my own ideas of how He should handle things! I’m pretty sure I was reading your writings as you sent this, your latest post is so powerful and fragile at the same time.

  2. That’s a really interesting point and something most wouldn’t stop to ponder. G-d is great and you’re right, we shouldn’t limit his awesomeness intentionally or unintentionally. 🙂

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