How is that possible one asks, when fear and frustration so easily distract and derail us from staying our mind on Him and trusting Him to give us the peace we so desperately need?
“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the
lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!” Psalm 141:2 ESV
verse from a psalm of David expresses his desire, and the desire all true
worshippers in spirit and in truth, that our prayers and praise be an
expression of lives that are constantly devoted to pleasing God.
One of the marks of the Christian life is a no strings attached faith! I am using the phrase “no strings attached” to describe an attitude of faith in which we yield full control to God in matters that concern us. Ultimately every transaction with God must always be based on our trusting Him to be who He says He is and to do what He promises He will do. Faith therefore should enable us to release our control of things in order to let Him have control. If we are going to live by faith, then as the old saying goes, we must “let go and let God!”
Interestingly the etymology of the “no strings attached” idiom has its root in Jewish culture. In ancient times legal documents were written on parchment with strings attached that were used to tie them shut when they were rolled up. When a document was delivered the transaction was not completed until the delivering party had released it and the strings binding it. For instance, according to the Babylonian Talmud, if a man delivered a bill of divorce but held on to the document’s string the transaction was invalid because at any moment he might snatch it back.
Jesus is our model of living a life of no strings attached faith. The culmination of His yielded life to the control of His Father was in the Garden of Gethsemane when He prayed “not my will, but thine be done.” (Luke 22:42) And He encouraged all His followers to do the same when He taught us to pray “thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
Being a person of faith requires continually choosing to commit things to the will of God – to release things to His control with no strings attached. Unfortunately that is not always easy to do. Although we want to trust God and commit to the Lord Jesus full control of our lives, there are some strings we tend to grip very tightly. They are usually attached to things we love, hate to give up or still feel we need to have some say and control over. Those things to which we want to hold strings of control tend to be many and varied. They can range from material possessions, people and relationships to preferences, worries and dreams.
Today is Maundy Thursday, the liturgical calendar’s traditional name for Thursday of Holy week. Also referred to as Holy Thursday it is observed in commemoration of our Lord’s Last Supper. It is the anniversary of the institution of the ordinance of communion or as it is called in many traditions, the Eucharist. And it is …