This morning I found myself praying defensive prayers. “God protect us.” “God please war on our behalf.” Stuff like that.
Good stuff. Don’t get me wrong. God needs to be fighting our battles if anything is going to happen.
But defensive-only prayers remind me of the holiness I see of the religious in Jesus’ time. Their holiness was a fragile commodity, one easily broken.
They couldn’t touch certain people or eat certain food or do certain things. If they did, the “holiness” would be shattered and they’d have to start over.
In this world-view, evil seems stronger. It easily taints the holy ones of God. It is so strong, it could passively make you unclean. You get slimed by going into the “wrong” places or being around the “wrong” people.
Defensive only lifestyle leads too building bigger walls for us to hide behind. “Christian” music. “Christian” books. “Christian” movies. It doesn’t matter whether they’re of inferior quality. At least they’re “safe.”
Not so with Jesus.
Jesus hung out with all the wrong people in many of the wrong places. Jesus talked to prostitutes, touched lepers, he even touched the dead!
Rather than shattering his holiness, he made them whole. His Life was so robust, it imparted Life to others.
He was like a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. No stain was too strong for him. He came in and left people and places cleaner than he’d found them.
That’s how I want to be. If I truly believe He’s living me, transforming me into His image, than I too am filled with this infectious Life.
So, in addition to defensive prayers, I’m committing to pray Magic Eraser prayers too.