Has Prayer Become Unbalanced?

Why is prayer often unexciting? Why do we treat it as something that may be helpful? Why, in prayer meeting (if you have a prayer meeting), does prayer seem simply like a list of things we want God to fix? Why is our private prayer (if we have private prayer) like something that we need to work in somehow, because that is what Christians do? Have we completely lost sight of what prayer really is? Do we grasp that we are talking to God!? This is so vital to understand that I’m going to repeat my question: Do we grasp that we are talking to God!? Do we tell Him how much we love Him? Are we filled with gratitude for Himself, His goodness, kindness, grace, mercy, provision, etc.? Are we caught up in the wonder of His Person and attributes? Do we worship? Do we praise, admire, adore? Do we listen; listen carefully? Do we pray for our brothers and sisters in God’s family? Or, is our praying mostly confined to a list of needs? If so, no wonder that prayer is reduced to the status of a “religious” duty! I’ve prayed! I’ve done my duty! Now, I can get on with life. That kind of prayer can only be more and more boring. It’s unbalanced! It’s a scandal that talking to some famous person: athlete, political leader, movie star or other kind of celebrity excites us while talking to Almighty God is treated as a responsibility that we need to get behind us. In Psalm 100:4, we are instructed to “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.” This is not done as a formula but is the outpouring of a heart of love for such a God as ours! Paul, inspired to admonish the church at Philippi (and us who are born again, as well) wrote “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say rejoice. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:4;6). Requests are important to God because He loves us, but are incidental to the thrill of enjoying His Presence and having an opportunity to tell Him how much we love and appreciate and value Him. Cleland B. McAFEE, in his hymn, “Near to the Heart of God,” reminds us, “There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God, a place where we our Savior meet near to the heart of God. There is a place of full release, near to the heart of God, a place where all is joy and peace, near to the heart of God. O Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the heart of God, hold us who wait before Thee near to the heart of God.” (Emphasis, mine). Selah! Enjoying, loving, honoring, praising, thanking, etc.; then requests turned over to Him, trusting Him to handle them as He knows best; that’s balance!   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com  

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