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From Chris's Heart

July 2006
From Chris' Heart
by Chris Harris

You may have noticed last month that my article was missing a paragraph or two. We had a little printing glitch. In the missing paragraphs I wrote about the way I had been teasing Nick lately about spending so much time in his study working on “whatever.” I am always telling him he needs to get out more.

However, lately, between his Friday lunch group, consisting of two precious friends who love to discuss all kinds of theological subjects, and the inspiring sermons on the Lord’s Prayer by our son-in-law, Nick felt motivated to do an in-depth study on prayer. Nick was compelled to find an answer to the age old question “Why should we pray?” If God is sovereign, which He is, and if God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, which He is, then why does He not just do as He pleases, why does He need us to pray?

Nick went to work. For several days I saw very little of him. Then, the other night, I heard him yell from the study, “Oh no!” As I got to him I could tell he was in a panic. He had lost at least eight hours of work, which he believed was true revelation knowledge from God. I was just sick for him, but there was nothing I could do to help. The computer had swallowed it. After a day searching for it and even help from a computer technician who actually came to our house, he had to accept the fact that it was truly gone.

When he talked about it later with friends, I could hear the discouragement in his voice. He questioned whether he could ever get it back on paper again, but before long we began to recognize really what had really taken place and who was responsible. We know whatever God gives to us in revelation, Satan cannot steal. When it is finally rewritten, I know it will be exactly what God wants written and it will hold more truth and life than even Nick could imagine. “Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.”

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