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Friday, June 3, 2011

Why Don't Christians Pray?

Why is a prayer meeting the lowest attending meeting of the week if prayer is so powerful? Why is it that prayer meetings are led by staff members rather than the pastors of large churches? Why is it that people want to tell their woes but rarely want to engage in serious prayer concerning them?

I don't believe that the average Christian understands prayer. Most don't know how to pray. Many can't sit still long enough to pray.

Prayer is not asking God to do something against His will. Prayer is joining God in His will. It is acknowledging His power, love, omniscience and omnipresence all at once. It is giving your will to Him as you ask for the things that will give Him glory. It is faith which is not limited by the size of the request. It takes true commitment to God.

Few people are willing to seek God in this way. Few will, therefore, pray like God is truly able to answer. Therefore, they tip their hats in polite respect but do not enter into His presence. They are as A.W. Tozer once said, "politely bored with God." Prayer is a boring activity for those who will merely bow their heads and say things that they don't truly believe.

True prayer is faith applied.

1 John 5:14-15 (ESV) 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

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