Why Elective Surgery Got Me Thinking About Prayer Priorities

Jerod Clark

April 12, 2010

Lasik surgery may be elective, but then so are eyeglasses. For some people Lasik is a better solution to eye problems than glasses.

I think what these kind of questions really raise is our understanding of God. Sure, He is our father, but is he the remote father who doesn’t want to be bothered with His kids issues? Is He angry if you disturb Him? My father used to come up with new chores everytime he saw me on a weekend, so I tried to keep out of my Dad’s sight on the weekends. It would have been nice if sometimes he just wanted to see me to talk or play together. Some kids can never do anything right in the eyes of their Father.

Jesus didn’t just call God His Father, He called Him His Abba or Papa. The Father is much more responsive and loving than our earthly parent. Not only has He numbered every hair of my head, he cares how nice my clothes look “Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.” God cares about our feelings and if a good solution to eyesight is important to you, it is important to Him.

Here is the operating principal that defines God’s attitude towards His children; “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” As one of my favorite preachers often says at the beginning of a message, “God is in a good mood today”.

Now, if only I could remember that as well.

April 13, 2010

I find this a difficult issue. More from the viewpoint of 'elective' things rather than praying for them.

How much should we be allowed to have? What's a necessity and what's a luxury?

I've never been sure what the answers to this are.

April 14, 2010

Add to elective surgery elective career/job changes, moves, school/church choices . . . . not only for self or for spouse, but for counseling adult children.
Seek God's will; be faithful; watch and listen for his leading.

April 16, 2010

I have always said that I am one of God's spoiled kids because I have gotten just about everything I have ever prayed for whether it be for spiritual advancement or personal enjoyment. Granted there are times that I am told no but more often than not it's a timing issue. If I could only fully learn to trust His timeline. Sometimes, like a good father, He finally concedes to things in order to teach me a lesson: Father Knows Best.

I often think of how lucky I am to live in 2010. Just think, we were chosen to be alive during this era of technology. And, though a lot of it can be a cause of distraction, a lot of it is a cause of great joy, allowing us to have medical advances like you just experienced. Wouldn't the woman with the issue of blood have gone to get that corrected if she was living now and Jesus wasn't walking the earth?

I think you're right, He wants us to cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us. I love the scripture rickd chose to drive his point home. That's the Father that I am walking with, talking to, and learning on a daily basis. Like rick, God has definitely strengthened my view of fathers after my pops continues to make them less than desirable.

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