Asking what he wants

Sitting in Edinburgh traffic today – leaving my carbon footprint behind me – and saw a poster outside a church. It read ‘Prayer is asking God what He wants.’

Worth thinking about. It’s a good antidote to ‘Prayer means getting God on my side’ But ‘What about my free will?’ I thought as the lights changed. I don’t quite warm to the idea that there is just one right answer and that prayer enables me to find out what it is. Maybe there is more than one right answer. And then I thought about all those choices which are the ‘lesser of two evils’ and neither of them ‘right’ – like Mandela’s suppport for armed struggle or Bonhoeffer’s support for the plot to murder Hitler.

Fortunately I didn’t hit the bus on my right.