The Art of Prayer
Your God is Too Small
A contemporary of Clark, J. B. Phillips, wrote a very insightful book entitled, Your God is Too Small. Both Clark and Phillips invited their readers to see beyond the smallness of our self-centered views of God.
The pity of it is that all these acts of the stunted, dwarfed, and crucified imagination, which bring discord, hate and misunderstanding into the world, are done in the very name of Him who told the parables of the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan.
How can we account for this failure of the Christian church to live up the marvelous tenets of its Founder?
In business, and in sports a person is not classified according to what they believe about a thing; they are classified according to the efficiency with which they do a thing.
What should we think of a golf player turning to another and saying, “I am sorry, but you cannot play with me. I don’t like your stance or the way your grip your clubs. This course is reserved for Presbyterians – you belong to the Baptists.” The real issue is how well you can play.
A Lesson in Prayer
To learn how to pray is to learn how to live.
Trouble is one of the greatest blessings that can come to a person who wishes to learn to pray right, provided he knows how to use it and not let it use him.
If we are thinking in our prayers, “What does this mean to me?” and “What glory, what gain shall I get out of it?” our prayers are too small.
We need to take self-thought out of our dealings with God. Anger and worry are the twin offspring of self. They have blocked more prayers and retarded more spiritual development of the race than all the other vices put together.
Anger is a sign that we do not love, for “inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these, my brothers, you have done it to me.”
Worry is the sign that we do not trust God, or that we ascribe more power to something else than we do to God.