Isaiah 45

” I’ll tell you what to do Boss!”

9 “Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker,
       to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground.
       Does the clay say to the potter,
       ‘What are you making?’
       Does your work say,
       ‘He has no hands’?

    10 Woe to him who says to his father,
       ‘What have you begotten?’
       or to his mother,
       ‘What have you brought to birth?’

    11 “This is what the LORD says—
       the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:
       Concerning things to come,
       do you question me about my children,
       or give me orders about the work of my hands?

    12 It is I who made the earth
       and created mankind upon it.
       My own hands stretched out the heavens;
       I marshaled their starry hosts.

This excerpt from Isaiah 45 reminds me of how we should be praying. Very often we question God’s judgments and decisions. As intelligent mortal beings, we will always question and complain about the condition of how things are and offer our “IMHO” of how it should be a certain way. But here, God says ”Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker”, and it almost seems funny that a clay would say to the potter “What are you making?”. God is a loving and gracious God, but we should not forget who God is and who we are in relation to Him. While some may argue that our prayers should never be self-petitioning, and I agree to a certain degree, we should at least have the mindset that we are only to make petitions as it is for God to grant them. Just as Jesus did in the garden of gethsemane when he petitioned for the cup to be taken away, he said “Yet not what I will, but what you will”. Perhaps we can learn something from our Muslim friends who always end their prayers with In šāʾ Allāh (pronounced in-sha – al-lah) which means, ‘God willing’.