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I was reminded of a story I read some time ago about the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, the famous Reformer whose preaching brought truth, mercy, and joy to the city of Geneva.
Anybody that God choses to use to carry out His miraculous mission must take risks and act out of the voice of the Spirit that calls from within the soul. This is the reason that Peter could step out of the boat that was battling fierce winds and waves. The other disciples were terrified to see Jesus walking on the water toward them. The disciples failed to remember that Jesus is never distant and removed from our lives.
Like the prodigal son, my mind wanders recklessly into a far country when I pray. In moments of solitude when I am just getting close to God, my brain shifts into gear and speeds off down the freeway.
God has allowed me to pray in some unusual places and with some wonderfully interesting and lovely people, but I don’t know that I had ever seen mouths drop open in shock during a time of prayer until I told someone that I could not pray for their request. We were trying to share Christ and our prayer needs with each other, so I know that I seemed to be out of line.
We must be careful to remember the powerful doctrine of the imago Dei --the fact that all people are created in the image of their Maker. I choose the word "are" since it’s particularly important to understand that the Fall didn’t cancel our image-bearing status. Yes, sin severely distorted our once perfect reflection of God, but the Fall did not totally cancel our divine reflection. Consequently, one of the strange truths of the doctrine of the imago Dei states: “How you treat any person is the same as how you treat God.” The inverse is also valid, because of the impact of imago Dei: “How we treat God is how we treat others.”