Clarity > Confusion

My navel is beginning to feel neglected. Must be time for a gazing session.

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I have a friend who, when he prays aloud, always includes a request for “confusion to our enemies.” It’s always bothered me a little.

When I pray for the people who have set themselves against me, it’s always clarity and enlightenment I ask for them, not more confusion. Their minds and lives seem full of confusion already; I don’t want to add to it.

This post isn’t meant as an attack on my friend; in fact I okayed it with him before I began writing it. It’s just that I’ve been reading the news headlines lately and thinking, confusion to our enemies? No…no…I don’t think the world needs any more confusion, we’ve got plenty. Confusion is violent and destructive and senseless. Humanity is going down in flames of confusion. We should all be praying for clarity to our enemies, and to our friends, and to ourselves.

I look at it this way: if you pray for clarity for your enemies, and God grants that prayer, and the problem still doesn’t go away, then maybe the confusion wasn’t all on their end to begin with. I always begin by asking wisdom and clarity for myself first; it keeps my life much simpler.

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I’m trying to dial back my “soapbox” posts, but this one was loud in my head this morning and needed out. We now return you to your regularly-scheduled whimsy.

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Categories: Christianity, Life | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “Clarity > Confusion

  1. I would have to agree 🙂 and another friend asked me about that as well and I have discontinued the practice. It in the end it did not jive with the teachings of Jesus on the sermon on the mount.

    Thank You
    Anzaholyman

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    • Debora

      Looks like I’m behind the times, then. I miss your mp3 service page, my connection isn’t fast enough for long vids.

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  2. SO HARD to put into practice for me. That prayer just won’t come out, even if I mean for it to. It’s usually something along the lines of “please let them get cellulite” or something equally mean and stupid.

    okay, will work on it.

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    • Debora

      Ha!

      One thing I’ve realized: unhappy, insecure people do way more harm in the world than happy people who genuinely like themselves. And cellulite doesn’t make ANYone feel happy. So it’s actually in my own best interest to pray for things that will make my “enemies” happier and healthier in the long run, so they can stop punishing everyone around them for their own discontent and poor self-esteem. It’s like a magical karma loop!

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