March 28, 2017

Know Your Audience

Jesus gave us the Lord’s Prayer as an example of how to pray. That being said, it’s surprising how few of us follow the model prayer.  In corporate prayer people generally do pretty well acknowledging God and thanking him for his provision, but I’ve noticed that the person praying often rephrases the prayer need itself and says “Lord, Miss Sally has been battling cancer for years…” or, “Lord the economy is bad and people need jobs…” It’s as though the one offering the prayer is reminding God of worldly situations. I hate to admit it, but I almost want to laugh. Of course the Lord knows of Miss Sally’s long battle with cancer and that in the bad economy people need jobs. I suspect the speaker unintentionally mixes up who he is speaking to by combining petitions to the Lord with reminding worshippers the need for the prayer. Paul said, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7 NIV).

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