So let’s look quickly and simply reveal the “elephant in the room.” Let’s expose why so many people intuitively know the right thing about pray, but seldom or consistently put an “ing” on the end of the word, prayer.
What’s it all about Alfie?
Okay, that dates me. That’s the title song of a movie that’s nearly 50 years old. So, let’s ask a more audience inclusive question.
Why Don’t I Seem To be Able to Put an “ing” On the End of Prayer?
Perhaps it’s because you are trying to use your fork as a soup spoon. (Whuhhh??)
Yes, maybe you keep attempting to utilize prayer in a way that it wasn’t designed to function.
If you are using PRAYER primarily for CRISIS MANAGEMENT, then it’s a prescription for failure.
Crisis Management Praying is Normally “the Norm” for Most People
A good ratio for prayer as “crisis management” is no more than ten percent. Here are the some of the reasons:
- More than 10% C.M. keeps us consciously need focused.
Frankly, a mind that is constantly need focused isn’t a peaceful mind. And most people try to avoid a “conflicted” atmosphere. Can you see how that would position praying as something we might actually be avoiding?
- More than 10% C.M. distracts us from God’s primary prayer purpose.
The primary purpose for prayer can be summed up with these two ideas:
- Developing Friendship with God
- Developing Partnership with God
Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, I call you friends.” A friend (in the biblical description of the word) includes both the ideas of intimate relationship, and common goals.
We talk to our close friends about needs in our lives, and even things that each can help each other with. But, if our relationship with our close friends is constantly consumed with “bailing each other out,” then that relationship begins to feel “needy.” It eventually separates rather than further bonds.
- Talk to the Lord every day for the next 7 days for a minimum of 2 minutes.
- Do not talk to Him about your needs. None of them!
- Tell Him the things you are the most thankful for
- Brag on Him. Be as specific as possible
- Do it again for another week
- When a pressing need arises, simply thank Him, in a few words that you are grateful that He supplies all of our needs, and then move on.
This is a “money back” guarantee. It will begin having a positive affect on your overall peace, joy, love, etc. The curious thing to me is that solutions to issues you didn’t even talk to Him about begin “popping up.”
Jesus is cool that way! Btw…it will take some work and dedication to change your approach because we are soooo used to prayer and praying being primarily a Crisis Management Tool,
and that is never what God had in mind.
When trying to deepen your relationship with the Lord, know this. The things you most need to learn, you already know. What things do you already know about developing a great natural friendship?
We’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment and we will all benefit.