Are you trying really hard to be good? What is good? In the bible the first time the word good was used was in the description of God creating the universe. In my seeking I found that we missed the interpretation, the word should not have read good but functional or (tov). The Hebrew word for good is tov and the word for evil is ra meaning dysfunctional. If you read the scripture that way, the meaning changes. Genesis 1:31a, God saw all that he had made, and it was very good (functional).
In the center of the garden of Eden there were two trees; the tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good (function) and evil (dysfunction). We choose to rebel and disobey God and eat from the forbidden tree of knowledge of function and dysfunction. No one can argue that our world is currently ruled by dysfunction. We choose dysfunction. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
When we pray we should not be asking to become good but rather to be restored to our original beings. To set our goal on being good has us fall, far short of what God created us to be. Pray for restoration, to the people we were created to be, functional in a complete right standing with our creator. Full restoration and full access to the creator of the universe, and all the blessings He can rain down on us.
Strive for full restoration of function. The question then becomes what is our function? As a Christian our function is for complete obedience, zealous praise and a commitment to fervently seek after the Lord. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart Jeremiah 29:13.
Pray: Lord Jesus You tell us how Your ways are far above our ways and who can understand the creator of the universe. But we seek after You, and in the seeking are blessed. Jesus restore me to whom You created me to be. Make me functional again. My dysfunction is more than I can bear. I want to be with You in complete congruence with Your desires. Lord I don’t want to do anything contrary to Your will. Help me to know who I am and what you want for me. Bless me with Your revelation of my true self. I know I am far from who I am designed to be and I ask for Your help to restore me to whom You created. I trust You, Lord only You can save me. Love you, your daughter Heather
Priscilla Lack and her husband, John are teaching on the Jewish meaning within the bible. They sparked me to learn more and more about the original Jewish meanings.
Restoration of prayer (pt.2)