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.
Can we pray to God anytime?
Prayer is simply talking to God, and we can do it at any time; remember, God is our loving Heavenly Father, and He wants us to come to Him and talk with Him.
Do you have to be saved to pray to God?
Advocates of the Sinner’s Prayer believe that verses like Romans 10:13 demonstrate that people are saved before baptism when they pray and ask to be saved, whereas opponents of the Sinner’s Prayer believe that defending the Sinner’s Prayer plays into the hands of opponents of justification.
Is it a sin to pray to other gods?
One of the Ten Commandments, found in Exodus 20:2 and Deuteronomy 5:6, is “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” Idolatry is the sin of worshiping another god.
Do atheists still pray?
5 The vast majority of atheists in the United States say religion has little or no impact on their lives (93%) and that they rarely or never pray (97%).
How does Jesus say we should pray?
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 taught.
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.
How does God heal the land?
u201cIf my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land,u201d says the verse (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV). Sermons have been preached emphasizing nearly every word of the passage.
How do you pray when someone is dying?
u201cThank you, God, for being with us right now; we admit that we don’t understand why things happen the way they do, or why illness enters our lives, but we do know that you walk every path of life with us, and please remind Joe that you are with him right now.
How do we get salvation?
Some Christians believe that following God’s law, which is found in the Bible, is the most important way to achieve salvation, while others focus on worship and faith. Some Christians believe that following God’s law, which is found in the Bible, is the most important way to achieve salvation.
What religion does not worship any God?
Atheism is defined as the absence of theistic beliefs, such as belief in gods or supernatural beings.
Why should we worship God alone?
To be clear, worship is for God and God alone, not for us or other people; it is our primary form of worship because the more we learn about our Lord, the more our hearts will respond in proper worship; may the Lord help us to worship Him truly and purely.
Who is the most famous atheist?
- Richard Dawkins.
- Daniel Dennett.
- Ludwig Feuerbach.
- Sam Harris.
- Christopher Hitchens.
- Mikhail Bakunin.
- Jean Baudrillard.
- Albert Camus.
What is an atheist symbol?
The American Atheists’ logo, the atomic whirl, has come to be seen as a symbol of atheism in general, according to some AmericanAtheist members.
Do atheists celebrate Christmas?
Atheists’ holiday celebrations can range from nonexistent to a full-fledged family affair; some have begun to celebrate “Newtonmas,” named after English scientist Isaac Newton, who was born on December 25, according to the Julian calendar in use in England at the time.