"You Cannot Petition the Lord With Prayer" ~ from The Soft Parade, by Jim Morrison
is poised at the edge of a moral cliff. On Monday the United States Supreme Court will decide two cases that ask it to redefine marriage to include homosexual couples. We do not know whether the Court will declare homosexual marriage to be a constitutionally guaranteed right or will leave the definition of marriage to be decided state by state. Neither of those options are a clear victory for the institution of marriage as God created it." America
"Specifically, we pray for the pending Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage. We pray that next week the Court would not impose a false definition of marriage on our nation. Father, we confess that we in the Church have already sinned against You and have not been good stewards of the gift of marriage through our own issues with unfaithfulness, selfishness, pornography, homosexuality and divorce. Forgive us, Lord. Now our nation is following our imperfect example and seeks to redefine and pervert the gift of marriage in order to satisfy its own lusts."
By lumping "issues with unfaithfulness, selfishness, pornography, homosexuality and divorce" all together as if they are equally devaluations or abuse of "the gift of marriage" is just what I mean by "fixed-wing" thinking.
The activity of God is something that they do not know even in a dream. Instead of praying for the Supreme Court to decide a lawsuit according to their preconceived notions, I recommend that they just pray that God's rain and snow falls on the mountains and valleys of everyone's mind, so that the true peace and love will flow like waters quenching the thirst for all.
If you can't let go of the desire to petition the Lord with prayer, then the only good petition is to ask to see the Lord face to face. Why? Because only then will our separate identity be burned away to know the truth seen in God's eye.