“A Prayer to Jesus, 9-17-20,” by Andrew J. Schatkin

“A Prayer to Jesus, 9-17-20,” by Andrew J. Schatkin

I now dear Christians and non-Christians ask you to join with me in a prayer to the eternal god and holy trinity, father, son, and holy spirit, and I ask you all of all faiths and systems of thoughts and all opinions and views…

Pray with me to Jesus Christ…

I ask and raise the question of you, how can I as a sinner approach and pray to the eternal god and savior and redeemer of humanity? How can we, all knowing our failed natures, pray to god? The modern world has a problem with sin and evil and wickedness and many in our society are in essential denial of sin and evil which are everywhere around us and literally surround us. We all know the many genocides of the past century: the holocaust, Armenia, Pol Pot, the Chinese revolution, and the Russian revolution and Rwanda, and the current acts of terrorism and the Christian persecution now ongoing. Our world denies this evil and sin and attributes it to genetics and the environment, convenient excuses for moral wrongdoing. There is moral choice, and many choose sin and evil rather than goodness and light. We are beings encased in sin, selfish and filled with self-love and selfish self-involvement. How can we as sinners in a world of sin pray to God?

Many of us cannot face up to the reality and truth of our sins. It is difficult to take a good look in the mirror and see ourselves as we truly are, selfish self-loving sinners. How then can we pray and approach god knowing who we really are? The answer is that in praying to god we are seekers of his forgiveness and as we pray we not only need his forgiveness but in the act and praying and coming to god we come in forgiveness as in the Lord’s Prayer where Jesus commands us to forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. In prayer, we can only pray in and asking forgiveness and this forgiveness we seek is the only way we can pray at all and come to approach the majesty of god, father, son, and holy spirit, as he comes down to us as we pray and grants us his forgiveness.