But today, there isn’t any real repentance or remorse. Miracles are publicized as the standard dimension of spirituality. Wealth and happiness are blessings from God! Sadness, poverty and sickness are Satan’s! Materialistic wealthy people are the blessed ones! Weak and sick people are the discarded ones of God! High social and economic progress has become spiritual motto. Prayer is a media for getting wealth and happiness. It is very usual to find in large conventions or assemblies, that a very few who gets healed are excited and jump around shouting praises to God. But the majority goes disappointed as they do not see anything stimulating or extraordinary in their life. Only time will prove how much transformation actually happens in the long run.
We are also witnessing a very strong change in the outlook towards prayer which is considered as the most powerful tool towards spiritualism. Prayer is not a method to satisfy our endless worldly desires. “May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” this should be our prayer. According to Jesus the experience of personal attachment with father Almighty God was prayer. There is only one request for physical blessing in the prayer which Christ taught his disciples. This also was not intended for personal or self-centered purpose. “Give us today the food we need” – this was that request. We can also interpret it as the food in the Kingdom of God. In Christ’s prayer if we examine the order of requests we can understand the fact that the priority is given to the prayer for God’s country and glory.
“I will do whatever you ask for in my name” (John 14:13)-this is the promise given to us. To pray in the name of Christ means to pray with the spirit of Christ. “When you pray, do not use a lot of meaningless words, as the pagans do” (St. Mathew 6:7) – this is Jesus’ teaching about prayer. God is a person who knows our needs before we request (6:8). He is our secret father (6:6). This approach is not meant to ignore the need or the responsibility of interceding and praying for the deprived.
The 6th chapter of Gospel of St. John’s starts with the verses” A large crowd followed him, because they had seen his miracles of healing those who were ill (6:2). But at the end we saw “Many of Jesus’ followers turned back and would not go with him any more” (6:66). The people who are coming for eating bread and watching miracles have to detach from him.(6:26,32). If we are giving more importance to miracles, we also might end turning back like them. And so the true spirituality should never be measured with the limits of miracles it can deliver.
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