I prayed for Liverpool FC last night that they would really pulverise Everton FC in the 222nd Merseyside Derby at Anfield. I’ve never prayed for them before and will probably never pray for them again.
This sounds like ridiculous, silly banter (and it probably is) but then, after I’d prayed, Liverpool went ahead and destroyed Everton in the greatest Merseyside victory in my life-time. What unfolded was a resounding 4-0 victory which, by any account, was a rare and unusual event.
Admittedly, it is laughable that I even prayed in any measure of seriousness about this and it is laughable that I’m thinking about it and writing this article now. But what if….
If am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective, (which they are and I am) is it really that laughable that a beloved son of the King prayed a silly prayer and that it had some power and some effect on what unfolded at Anfield last night?
This is the main point: What I do know for sure is that God heard my prayer and absolutely loves that I felt I could have a joke with Him. God hates religion. God loves being in relationship with us and doing life with us – all of life. And God really does have a sense of humour.
What if no-one in the world prayed for Everton FC last night but one silly guy with a beard and big glasses in London had the audacity to ask for a Liverpool victory? Does that have no effect at all because it was silly? Did my prayer have no power because I was being silly? There’s probably a theological point to all of this that will make me look more silly but I like to think that Abba heard my prayer last night, loved that I felt close enough to Him to mess around, and, even more, that I think He might have answered.
God couldn’t care less about Liverpool FC or the premier league – but He cares infinitely that we know Him as he is and relate to Him rightly.
He is a dancing Father and adores His kids.