“A Comment about Petitioning God,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
My dear Christian and non-Christian thinkers and believers of whatever faith you may adhere to, I as a Christian believer know Jesus to be the true god, a claim for which he was crucified and for many today who maintain that claim to be so they are martyrs and at risk in many parts of the world for imprisonment and execution. And so today I frame a prayer to Jesus and the holy trinity and all the saints and angels in heaven and this prayer will consider three questions or issues… First why does god want us to ask him and petition him with requests that he already knows about and knows the answer he will give? And second, why are we told to praise god? Is god in need of our approval and does he need or have need of good things said about him, or, better put, does he really need and require our unending praise? Third, is god in essentially bidding us to petition him some sort of Santa Claus giving out gifts? These questions are most difficult to answer and let me suggest a few answers and solutions. Petitioning is a matter of our relationship with god and Christ; yes god is omniscient and knows the whole tapestry of human history and the human race from beginning to end, but to petition and ask is based on our relationship as creation and as his sons and daughters. To ask and petition is the relationship of parent and child which is our relationship to Christ and god the father and the holy spirit. Second, we are told to praise god not because god needs this but again praise is founded in the nature of the relationship to god as we as human beings acknowledge the gifts of the creator to us who are so far removed from the eternal god in heaven that he in a sense allows to know him and we praise him because of his coming to us from his high estate to our lowly estate. Finally, god is not a Santa Claus giving out gifts, but he greatly loves and treasures all men and women of all generations from beginning to the end of time and wishes to show and exhibit that love. The parents who give his children gifts does not do so as a Santa but out of his love for that child.
Friends Christians and non-Christians, I do hope that what I have said here will point the way to some truth and bring god closer to the reality he wishes to make himself for all of us. Jesus is the eternal god the savior and redeemer of the world, the king of all creation.