My friend, may I ask you a question? Did you ever ask a non-Christian why he doesn’t pray? If you did and he was entirely honest the answer would probably be because he’s afraid that God might be there and he would be afraid to find that out? Is that how you feel sometimes?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Did you ever ask a non-Christian why he doesn’t pray? If you did and he was entirely honest the answer would probably be because he’s afraid that God might be there and he would be afraid to find that out. Strangely if you ask a Christian why he doesn’t pray the answer might not be entirely different. Most non-praying Christians would admit that, although they’re not afraid that God is there, they fear He wouldn’t answer their prayers anyway. In either case, fear is the factor. For unbelievers it compels inaction and for many Christians it becomes the excuse for it as well. Either way, fear kills prayer.
Praying with hope and not with fear is what faithful prayer is all about. Unfortunately, it’s not always the easiest thing to do.
Here’s a story: The little boy sat for days wiggling that tooth with his tongue, pushing it back and forth in the socket. After days of trying he resigned himself to the fact that it just wouldn’t fall out. Summoning all his strength, he walked up to his Father and asked, “Will you pull my tooth?” He examined his son’s mouth. “Sure. It might hurt a little but it will be better when it’s out.” Wincing, the little boy closed his eyes and opened his mouth. Then, just as his Father had clutched the tooth with his strong fingers, the little boy pulled back in fear. Each time his father touched the tooth he pulled back. Finally his Father told him that if he continued to move he wouldn’t be able to help. But, overcome by fear, the little boy kept pulling back, away from his Father’s help. He just couldn’t risk the pain and, deep down, he feared that in the end, after all of the pulling, that tooth would still be there any way. He’d come to believe in the pain more than in the release from it.
In the same way fear affects prayer. When we approach God in prayer we need to leave the fear outside the door of our heart and focus on the relief that’s sure to follow. But if you pray with fear, you’d might as well dispense with the “Amen.” Pray all you want, if you keep pulling back when God reaches into your life to offer the very help you’re asking for, there’s no point adding an “Amen” at that end. He hears your request but can’t give you the help you need when you don’t believe He’ll give it to you in the first place. God’s answers might hurt a little. But when you accept the hurt in the belief that the help will make it better, the hurt won’t matter any more. God is ready to help you right now; just don’t pull back when he pulls forward.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord, You have given us prayer as one of the most precious gifts You’ve given to us. You urge us to pray, pray often, and take all of our concerns, cares, and needs to You in prayer. You have no conditions on length, content or timing. The only request You have made of us is that when we pray, we pray in an earnest belief that whatever we’re asking for, You will grant. Forgive us Father when we prayer skeptically or in total disbelief. Remind us through Your Word that an earnest prayer sent from a believing heart will always be heard, always be answered. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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