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Prayer After the Fall – Genesis 3:9-13.

But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:9-13 NRSV)

This is man’s first conversation with God after The Fall.

God initiates the conversation and gives both the man and woman chance to repent. Instead they evade God’s questions.

You could say this is one of the best examples in scripture of how not to pray. The other best example that comes to mind is Pharisee who thanked God he was not like others though God saw his heart and was not fooled (see Luke 18:9-14). Prayer is not about sidestepping your responsibilities and putting the blame on others, whether they are blameworthy or not. In this case, all parties, except God, were at fault but neither Adam not Eve would admit it.

There is one point which should bring hope to us all. God initiated the conversation after seeking them out. God wants the conversation restored with each of us, so he seeks us and gives us chances to repent. Chances Adam and Eve did not take up. Yet what we gain through Jesus incarnation, life, death, resurrection and ascension gives us so much more than Adam or Eve ever lost.

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1 Comment

  1. Reblogged this on The Bountiful Reaper and commented:

    Sin messed things up big time, if ever you wanted a lesson in how not to pray, well here it is!

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