Hard Stuff: Prayer Problems

Hard Stuff_ Prayer Problems

WARNING: If you don’t care for things of Christ, STOP FOLLOWING. NOW. Because I do. 

Okay, first off, I’m not saying prayer is a problem.

Second off, please don’t kill me!

Okay, we good? I don’t wanna offend anybody, but, this is something maybe we should talk about.

And it’s prayer. Prayer isn’t a problem. It’s how we approach prayer.

Okay, first off, what is prayer?

To simplify, prayer is talking to God. That’s it in a nutshell.

And this is our first problem: we don’t realize what a privilege and precious gift we have in prayer. We’re approaching God. We get to be with the Maker, with the Lord, with the King, with Jesus.

1 John 5:14 ~ This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

Guys, we’ve never even met Queen Elizabeth. We’ll never meet Queen Elizabeth. Or any of the Royals. But we can talk to the King of life and creation and everything daily. Let that sink into your heads.

It’s lost on us. The fact that because of Jesus’s death and resurrection, we get to talk to God and He will hear us is pretty much lost on us. People. Men have killed, set up sacrifices, waded into war, and even appointed other people, just to talk to God. (I ain’t making this stuff up. Go search it.) We don’t have to do any of that. We can talk to the Maker of life anywhere, anytime. There’s countless verses in the Bible that talk about this.

Jeremiah 29:12 ~ Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Job 22:27 ~ You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.

James 5:13 ~ Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

But prayer right now? “Dear God, bless everybody and help everyone. Thank you.”

I’m not saying that’s bad. I’m saying it’s bad that that’s all we pray. Nothing more.  In the words of James, “This ought not to be!” Wait, lemme pull up the reference.

James 3:10b  10 My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

And because we don’t recognize how precious prayer is, we don’t give respect or honor when we pray.

God’s our Friend and Father yes. But He’s also a King. The Lord. And it’s infuriating that Christians are so lazy in how they pray. Get yo act together, guys!

Rehearsed prayers. 

Matthew 6:7 ~ And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

Nuff said. This is a huge problem, so many of us just go through the motions, just say the same prayer again and again. We’re so used to saying it our hearts aren’t in it. If you’re just reciting a prayer to God, maybe your heart needs to be connected with God again. Because y’know, if God is your Friend, and your Father, what are you doing spitting out the same thing day after day?

And y’know, I’m talking to myself when I write these words down. I’m guilty of each and every single problem and there were times when prayer was the most rote thing I did.

And yet God heard me.

And yet God hears me. Every single time. And He hears every single prayer that not only I’ve, but you and who knows how many Christians. Even those who just say it at dinnertime.

Guys, I hope it’s not just dinnertime when you say a prayer. I know I’m one to talk, but you have a relationship with the Lord of Life.

Are you gonna talk to Him? He’s waiting.

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I woulda deleted a post like that, because I didn’t want to be preachy. But here it is.

Drive hard, y’all.

 

 

 

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19 thoughts on “Hard Stuff: Prayer Problems

  1. I agree with a lot of the stuff you’re saying. But I do have to say that rote praying isn’t a bad thing, in and of itself. And some of my FAVORITE prayers of all time come from Luther’s Small Catechism, The Book of Common Prayer, Every Moment Holy, etc. All written prayers that someone else made up. But I find so much hope and comfort in reading them time and time again.
    Thank you for this post. In a time when so many people are talking about “listening prayers” (which are sketchy at best), you’re promoting talking to God, honestly and often. That’s what we need.

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    1. You’re right, it isn’t a bad thing. I think what makes it a problem is when you just read or say it. There’s no heart or feeling or any sincerity into it. But I’m glad that they have helped you. 🙂
      Thank you for reading, and for commenting! It means a lot to know what you think.

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  2. Hey Jo! I love this post SO MUCH and I think the devo readers would agree! I’d love to work more on this idea with you! I’ll contact you in the next couple weeks or so. Thanks and have a great rest of the week.

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