A few years ago I was introduced to a book called Cat & Dog Theology that has influenced the way I pray.
“It’s been said that “Dogs have Masters – Cats have Staff”. Cats may call you Master, but tend to live a self-centered life – where you are there to serve and take care of them. On the other hand, Dogs are eager to see and please their master. In a similar way, many Christians look at all that God has done for them – and while they “say” He is ‘Master’ — they treat Him like staff. That is, they use their prayer time to tell God what they want, when they want it and how they want it — and if He doesn’t do it accordingly, they complain! They think life is all about them and they use God to make them happy.” More>>
Cat prayers tend to focus on me…my needs, my comfort and my circumstances, while dog prayers focus on others, our obedience and God’s glory. When I catch myself focusing on me-ology, I’m reminded to change to a more appropriate theology, following The Master’s lead and keep the focus on Him.
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