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The Declaration of Dependence

The Declaration of Dependence

Series: Worship in Spirit and TruthScripture: Daniel 9:1-19

Like a flash of lightning, prayer exposes for a nanosecond what I would prefer to ignore: my own true state of fragile dependence.
—Philip Yancey

I do not control the action; that is a pagan concept of prayer, putting the gods to work by my incantations or rituals. I am not controlled by the action; that is a Hindu concept of prayer in which I slump passively into the impersonal and fated will of the gods and goddesses. I enter into the action begun by another, my creating and saving Lord, and find myself participating in the results of the action. I neither do it, nor have it done to me; I
will to participate in what is willed.
—Eugene Peterson
The Contemplative Pastor

America is the land of pioneers and possibilities. We blaze our own trails and control our own destinies. I take care of myself and think that taking care of you is your job. This  attitude infects the American church, where we all too easily overlook