Many Christians sadly have an orphan mentality. They gather together and conduct themselves as if God has to be persuaded to come and intervene in their lives. They act like strangers asking for a favor, instead of sons, scooting up to the table. They feel they have to overcome God’s reluctance to do something for them by long and pleading prayers. In reality, THEY are the one who need to be persuaded… to BELIEVE (aka: rest) in the absolute finished work of the cross of Jesus Christ. God has already done everything that needs to be done to fully redeem and restore you. He has prepared a table for you in the presence of your enemies, and has invited you to dine! This relationship was ALL God’s idea and God’s doing. You don’t have to talk Him into anything. And you couldn’t if you tried.