Why Christians Should Stop Saying “Prayer Works” (And 2 Other Things)
The number of people who never go to church or follow Jesus continues to rise, so what can we do about it? We can model humility, grace, truth, love, and a variety of other characteristics that characterize Christ-followers.
1. Prayer works
Prayer is not a button to be pushed; it’s a relationship to be pursued. The parade of saints throughout the centuries would have been shocked to see prayer reduced to God-doing-what-I-asked-him-to-do. For those explorers on the frontiers of faith, prayer was not just something they did; it was their lives.
2. God told me to …
The longer I follow Jesus, the more hesitant I am to say God told me to do something specific; the more outrageous the claim, the less likely it is to be true. For the record, I believe God does speak to people today. “God told me” is a phrase I frequently hear used to describe decisions that are contrary to scripture and designed to shut down debate.
3. I could really feel God’s presence
Many of us feel like we’ve turned into mini-experts on when God is present, but Jesus did explain that the Holy Spirit is a Person who moves freely, and that he is bigger than our emotions and not subject to our editorial commentary on whether or not he is present.
What do you think? Christianity could be so much healthier if we stopped saying things like this.
Is there a right way or a wrong way to pray to God?
It is impossible to pray incorrectly if you are speaking to God; there is no wrong way to pray. People require confirmation that what they are doing is correct. Children each have their own way of communicating with their parents.
What did Jesus say about praying to God?
u201cDo not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men… but when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your father who is unseen,u201d Jesus advised.
Is it bad to write your prayers down?
Because when you pray and pray and pray, and God answers your prayer, it’s easy to forget the fire. To forget the difficulty of the middle partu2013you know, the part between asking and receivingu2013write down your greatest joys and most painful heartbreaks so you don’t forget them u2013write down your prayers.
Can you pray directly to God?
Praying to God the Father The Bible contains many examples of prayers addressed directly to God. We can’t go wrong when we pray to God the Father, because he is our Creator and the one we should worship. We have direct access to God through Jesus.
What happens if you pray the wrong way?
u201cEven if one prays outside the range of direction, the jurists stipulate that if one has made an effort to determine the direction of the qibla (where due diligence was exercised), and it is later discovered (after the prayer time has elapsed) that the prayer direction was completely incorrect, the prayer will be considered valid.
Why does God want us to pray?
God’s desire, according to the book of Ephesians, is for us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18). We turn to prayer because it is the most personal way to experience God, encounter Him, and grow in knowledge of Him.
What are the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
How do you pray to God effectively?
I hope they inspire you to make the year 2021 a year of prayer.
- Thank him.
- Ask for God’s will.
- Say what you need.
- Ask for forgiveness.
- Pray with a friend.
- Pray the Word.
- Memorize Scripture.
Is it OK to write to God?
Prayer journaling, also known as writing letters to God, is a powerful way to pray and keep track of your prayers so you can see how God has been working in your life.
Can you pray to God by writing?
Praying to God is essentially just talking to him, so writing your prayers to God in a letter may help you gain some perspective on prayer.
What is a good prayer for healing?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
How do I receive the Holy Spirit?
The answer is found in Peter’s Pentecost sermon: “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Being filled and led by the Spirit of God does not necessitate any significant spiritual effort on our part.
Do you have to pray to talk to God?
Because prayer is primarily rooted in religion, it can be thought of as a more formal way to communicate with God; however, you can pray in any way that feels comfortable to you.