hi pastor j- i think your blog is AWESOME, but i didn’t have enough room to explain myself. just wanted to say i think you should keep being completely 100% honest/real, because that’s how everyone else knows their walk of faith is not in vain. wanted to ask you about prayer. why do i pray? am i the only one that feels like i am closing my eyes and whispering into a vast darkness of nothingness? why is God so insistent on prayer, yet I don’t see anything changing? (matthew 7).
When we pray for someone I know that our prayers alone cannot change them but when we see prayers answered God has listened and His spirit has helped the person we prayed for? I am not sure what to think when I see a prayer get answered no matter who or how many prayed for a specific cause.
Hey my friends: May I first please commend you because you both actually care about your prayer-life. When people tell me, “The least we can do is pray,” I always think, “That’s the most we can do.”
But I also know that prayer is extremely, ridiculously, awfully difficult. Whenever a preacher starts with his guilt-trip — “When was the last time you really prayed, huh?” — I immediately feel like crap. I’ve never heard anyone say, “Man I got that prayer thing on lock.” I haven’t met a single person who’s fully confident in the art and results of prayer.
Mostly we feel icky about this because —
1) We feel too guilty to pray. We’re not sure God wants to hear us after we looked at porn / cussed out my parents / gossiped for two hours / punched that guy in the ear.
2) We’re self-conscious about it. We’re not sure how long, or what words, or if we’re doing it right, or if we’re truly sincere.
3) And of course: We secretly wonder if it even works.
So here’s one thing I know about prayer.