I was in the doctors office awaiting my ear check the other day, and picked up a National Geographic – February, 2007. There’s a great article/interview about Francis Collins; a scientist who is among the smartest guys on the planet. According to the author (John Horgan), he’s the leader of the Human Genome Project, and is a man who has been a devout Christian since 1978. His position is the head of a multbillion-dollar research program aimed at understanding human nature and healing our innate disorders.
But he’s a deep man of faith. How can one so entrenched in modern science be SO FOR faith and Christ? The fact is, he sees faith and science not as opponents, but as most brilliant Christian scholars do – a demonstration of God’s omniscience of which meager humans marvel. The author of the article, John Horgan, is a skeptic (one who asks “how could there be a God” with no real open mind to the possiblity of God), or at best an agnostic (one who believe’s there could be, but may not be a God). He asked Collins how God could allow miracles to happen to “some” people… he felt a spiratic miracle of God would merely show God as “capricious.” The comment illicited Collins’ amazing quote below:
“I’m my own experience as a physician, I have not seen a miraculous healing, and I don’t expect to see one. Also, prayer for me is not a way to manipulate God into doing what we want him to do. Prayer for me is much more a sense of trying to get into fellowship with God. I’m trying to figure out what I should be doing rather than telling Almighty God what he should be doing. Look at the Lord’s Prayer. it says, ‘thy will be done.’ It wasn’t, ‘Our Father who art in Heaven, please get me a parking space.”
Sounds like this man has been in the Psalms. David never prayed for a parking space, and neither should we. We must learn to commune with God in prayer… as His people, it is imperative to overcome the adversary. Jesus is the perfect example of the balance between the human condition and spiritual wellness and communion with God, as is the greatest prayer of Jesus that is recorded – John 17.