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By Curtis Pugh

           A great many people think that God cannot save them unless they “let” Him. And yet the Bible says about God: “he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” (Daniel 4:35). The following “prayer” is the logical result of thinking that men have control over God.

            “Thank you God for saving me after I gave you permission. I know I was partially sinful but the good in m e was enough to see the value in your offer. From the foundation of the world, you could see that I would freely choose you. Thanks for waiting outside the door of my heart and gently knocking. Of course you know there’s no handle on your side of the door, but I took care of it and brought you in. We make a good team. With your free offer of salvation and my wise and free will, I’m going to avoid an eternity in Hell. Praise God. I’m clever enough to recognize the Gospel as a bargain and I’ve chosen to do my part. Now, God, you need to do yours. Be ever mindful of my will oh God. I know that you have loved me since time began and I am happy to give you the gratification of loving you back.

            “I’m sorry that there are so many others who will not let you in. If only they would do what I was bright enough to do. It must be frustrating for you to die for everyone’s sins only to have so many refuse you and go to Hell for their sins anyway. What a waste of your blood. If you knew they would refuse you, I’m not sure why you died for them. I guess just to show how loving you are. Thank you that I am not like them. God, I will not pray for these unsaved men, because I know that you would never infringe upon any man’s free will, so what could you possibly do for them. But I will plead with them to do the right thing as I have done and avoid the fires of Hell.

            “I glory in the fact that I took the gift, I chose you, I made the right decision, I opened my heart, and I took you to be my personal savior, but I certainly didn’t have to! It was all of me. Thank you. I know you are just the way I want you to be and you always do what I believe is fair and for that I worship you.

            “The blood of Christ has no power to save apart from man’s authorization. I’m not boasting or anything, but I did nail this one. I know that one day I will stand before your judgment throne and when you ask upon what do I plead, I will boldly stand upon the shrewd decision that I made to give Jesus permission to save me.”


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