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.
What would happen if a person has no prayer life?
Doubts, discouragement, fatigue, distraction, inner restlessness, haste, despair, and self-righteousness can be enemies of prayer, fostering disunity. Life without prayer is a life without power.
How did Jesus say not pray?
In the synagogues, where many people gathered to pray, Jesus spoke against those who prayed loudly just to be seen and praised by others, and he began his teaching on prayer here by saying how not to pray: Don’t show off.
What to Do When You Can’t pray anymore?
When you are unable to pray, there are seven things you can do.
- 4.? Meditate on the Word
- if you can’t talk to God, let Him talk to you.
- 6.? Just sit quietly with God and listen.
What religion does not pray to God?
Buddhists, unlike Christians, Jews, and Muslims, do not worship a deity; they revere and respect the Buddha, but do not regard him as a God.
Why is Prayerlessness a sin?
3. All obedience is righteousness, while all disobedience is evil doing. The Lord has given us this command to pray, and if we do not follow it, we are clearly sinning against Him.
How important is prayer in your life?
Prayer is your conversation with God; it’s how you can build a personal, meaningful relationship with the God of the universe who loves you; it’s how he can work miracles in your heart; and it’s how he can align your life with his vision and plans through prayer.
Are you supposed to pray to God or Jesus?
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 was Jesus last prayer?
Given that it is an intercession for the coming Church, John 17:1u201326 is commonly known as the Farewell Prayer or the High Priestly Prayer, and it is by far the longest prayer of Jesus in any of the gospels.
Is there a wrong way to pray?
There is no wrong way to pray; people need assurance that what they are doing is correct. Just as children each have their own way of communicating with their parents, we have our own way of communicating with God.
What is the best prayer to God?
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.
Can I pray if I don’t believe in God?
You don’t have to believe in God for prayer to work, which makes sense because you don’t have to subscribe to any particular religion or believe in any God to meditate, and the same is true of prayer, though Harris isn’t aware of it. You can be a praying atheist, or a “pray-theist,” if you prefer.
Who is the most famous atheist?
- Richard Dawkins.
- Daniel Dennett.
- Ludwig Feuerbach.
- Sam Harris.
- Christopher Hitchens.
- Mikhail Bakunin.
- Jean Baudrillard.
- Albert Camus.