Honouring God and Thatcher

In The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches Christians to pray that God’s name would be hallowed (Matt 6:9).  Unlike a recent name I’ve been hearing – Margret Thatcher.  Daily-Mirror-front-page--Thatcher-dies-1820712

A few who are politically conservative spoke in an honourable way about her the past few weeks. But it seems that she was hated by many.  I don’t pretend to understand UK politics of the 80’s, but I do know that the name of Thatcher is not hallowed by many in the UK today.

How could you change the opinion of someone who had a very negative view of Thatcher?  Lay out the arguments about the free market economy? Logically present the issues facing Britain at the time? But what’s the chance of getting a Welsh coal miner who lost his job in 1984 to sing Thatcher’s praises?

Slim and none.

About the same chance we have of getting most people in London to honour God’s name. If our arguments, our great reasoning abilities, even our friendly community and service to the poor is what is going to attract people to God – then we’re done for. It’s not gonna happen.

But Jesus asks us to pray for the impossible.

How we speak about God reveals what is going on in our hearts. Jesus tells us that “what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart.”  (Matt 15:18)  Honouring God with our lips takes a heart change because we are naturally in rebellion against our Creator. There is no way we are going to work hard enough or have the right strategy to see God’s name hallowed in our community.

But Jesus asks us to pray for the impossible.

Because God is at work in the lives of men and women, boys and girls. God is at work changing hearts, giving faith and turning around the mouths of people.  God is at work seeing his name honoured across London and across the world.

Later in Matthew, Jesus said,“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matt 19:26)

Jesus asks us to pray for the impossible (which just might be possible!)

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Chris Hatch

Seeking to love God and neighbor