I would guess that a majority of us would say yes, and yet I believe that we’d be wrong. You see, I agree with Joel Hoffman in that I don’t think that those of us that call ourselves believers truly believe in prayer.
I have decided that I don’t believe in prayer. I don’t believe that God hears us when we speak to Him. I don’t believe that time I devote talking to God makes any difference whatsoever. It is a waste of time and I would rather do just about anything else, than to spend time on something so irrelevant as prayer. This is what I have come to realize.
Before you believe that I’ve jumped off the deep end, think through this for a second. What is it that you say that you believe that prayer does:
- Do you believe it is a way to talk with the Creator of the Universe?
- Do you believe that it actually changes things?
Really? Are you sure?
Our Actions Show What We Truly Think
We all show, each and every day, what we think about different things and what we value. We show in our priorities what we value. And it we truly believed that prayer changed things, we’d spend more time in it. I mean, we’ve all read blog posts about how to blog better, how to write better, what plugins to install, and how you too can be a great blogger in five simple steps. We’ve signed up for programs, participated in social networks, and leave comments all over the blogosphere.
What we do with our time says what we believe, and the pitiful amount that we (yes, me included) spend in prayer tells everyone that can see what we think of it:
The point is that if all the things the Bible says about prayer are true, most of us would radically rearrange and reprioritize our lives around prayer. Our lives would be different. Period.
Living With an Earthly Focus
Too much of the time we are just too busy running our own lives, doing our own things to be worried about asking the God of the Universe for direction– or even telling Him what we’re doing. The latter is what we fall into if we talk to God at all.
How many meetings are held in churches throughout America where we get together, say a prayer for God to bless OUR planning and then proceed as if we’re the all-knowing ones. We like to tell Him our plans, and pray that He’ll bless them, instead of asking Him what He wants.
It’s too bad we don’t believe in prayer. We will go on saying that we do and every once in while we will be reminded that we don’t, so we will try to pray more. Unfortunately, it won’t last long because deep down we don’t believe it makes a difference. We can’t hide it. Beliefs only mask the absence of action for so long.
How about you? Do you believe in prayer? Can you prove it?