Q. We currently are studying Revelation in our small group and we were in chapters 2-3. A couple of ex-Catholics talked about still holding Mary in high esteem, not praying to her, but praying to God through Mary. One of them used the miracle written by John about turning water into wine as Jesus doing what his Mother asked him to do, to justify this. Could you comment on this event in regards to this miracle?
Q. It always has seemed to me that when I pray I find myself addressing the Father more so than Jesus, as if God the Father is kind of the boss, the one even Jesus answers to. I know I’m not thinking about it correctly, but it seems that Jesus himself took a subservient attitude to God. Can you help me have a more clear understanding of this because even after all these years I still struggle with the concept.
O LORD, I call to you; come quickly to me. Hear my voice when I call to you. May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
Q. Would you please address the proper order of prayer? I realize that there was a proper order (or to use the secular term “protocol”) that was observed in the Temple worship. Does a proper order also apply to our prayers? All during the day, I find myself just talking with either God or Jesus without much formality, very much like I talk with my best friends here on earth. Is this being disrespectful to who God and Jesus are? They are too important to me to ever be disrespectful to who they are and what they have done for me.
Q. Whenever I express my concern about our current government, well meaning friends say that we are to pray for those in authority citing 1 Timothy 2:1-3. Seeing all that I believe is going wrong, I have great difficulty praying for such people. Are my friends using these verses correctly?
Q. Has anyone you have ever prayed for has died of a disease? If so do you place the fact that they died on your own lack of faith in the power of God? Do you feel a burden from that? I ask you this because this past week my 5 month old nephew was in a coma and died, and I was under the impression that if I prayed with enough faith and didn’t doubt, then God would heal him. I feel an incredible burden that he passed away due to my lack of faith in prayer. What can I do?
Q. May I ask you to help me understand something? I follow several prayer groups praying for our nation. They all include the phrase, “Repent on behalf of our nation.” May I ask how we repent on behalf of another or for that matter a nation? I do pray that the Holy Spirit will do His work and convict the citizens of this nation of our sins. But, apart from that, I don’t understand how we can repent for our nation. Seems to me that is an individual responsibility.
Q. I am confused by Matthew 10:23 when it says “you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” It appears that Jesus is speaking of the “end of the age.” I am confused why he switches from speaking in the present tense to the future tense without informing the reader. I would appreciate your thoughts on this passage.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.
Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD. May the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.