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The Mercy Prayer

rgelinasIn the Discover the Word recording studio today, I’m looking forward to our interview with Robert Gelinas, author of a book that is releasing in the bookstores this week called, The Mercy Prayer.

In preparation, I’m finding the book to be surprisingly provocative in the way it develops the tension between mercy and justice. His first line in his first chapter of “The Most Prayed Prayer” is that “No judge wants to be labeled soft on crime”.

In a day of that has given so much attention to a wave of new atheism, Robert says he personally thinks the best argument for not believing in God is the lack of justice we see all around us. Yet, ironically, he explains his own deep confidence in God’s existence by what he sees as the overwhelming evidence and story of God’s mercy.

In unfolding what turns out to be the consuming focus of his own life, Robert writes about the dear grandmother who raised him, taking him to Sunday School every week before he was 5 years old, but who would not darken the door of the church herself. Later in his teen years she explained to Robert that she could never believe in a God who would allow Mafia hit-men into heaven.

Am expecting to be able to say more about Robert and his story after today. But wanted to give you a preview of what this author believes is not only the most prayed prayer in the Bible; but also the most prayed prayer of his own life— the prayer that is closest to the heart of God, and the prayer all of us can rely on Jesus to answer.

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14 Responses to “The Mercy Prayer”

  1. BruceC says:

    It will be interesting to what is said further on. But at this point maybe his grandmother did what so many do; put God’s justice on a human plane. While it is true that “Mafia hit men” need to be dealt with in the criminal justice system that is part of our society God’s court room is run by standards we all sometimes forget. If He ran His court like ours then no one would escape punishment; as all are guilty. In His court the penalty has already been paid for all of us who are guilty and all we need do is accept our guilty verdict and put our faith in Christ. Thank God He gives us what we don’t deserve and doesn’t give us what we do deserve. Amazed at how human pride blinds so many to this simple fact.

    Soli Deo Gloria!

  • SFDBWV says:

    In the Eastern Orthodox Church there is a prayer called “The Jesus Prayer” it goes as follows; “Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”

    This prayer is a form of unceasing prayer given in the Orthodox faith and is repeated over and over and all who do confess a peace that follows.

    I believe Ed Dobbs mentioned his adoption of this prayer and his spiritual peace in the interview Mart had with him.

    Jesus said “if you ask anything in my name I will do it.” (John 14:13, 14)

    In this prayer you acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, it is said that no one can confess that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3), and asking for mercy is the prayer of the publican gave in Luke 18:13.

    Mercy is always given when ask for of God.