Why I Don’t Pray

Why I Don’t Pray

I don’t pray because I don’t have enough faith, I allow myself to be distracted by things that ultimately don’t matter and because I’ve put myself at the center of the world.

Sure. I do pray probably more often than the average person. And yes, I do plenty of the “bless this food we are about to eat,” “please make this a good day,” “please solve my cash flow problems,” “please help my neighbor get a job,” “please cure my friend’s cancer,” “please help my friend’s marriage,” and “please keep my kids safe” variety of petitions.

Those flow freely. This is good. But I know know that God wants so much more from me…a real intimacy and an authentic relationship with Him. He wants me passionately seeking out time with Him. But if I’m honest. If I’m really honest. I would admit that I’m not there. I’m not anywhere close to where I should be.

As I pray for me, I pray for you, I pray for us and I pray for them, I find myself slipping into vending machine religiosity, where I’m putting in quarter after quarter and pounding on the sides when my requests don’t get answered according to my timeline.

If my faith was deeper my prayer life would be less of “What have you done for me lately Lord” and more of “How can I serve you today?”

I mean, if I really believed at my core of my being that I had a red phone direct to the creator of the universe, what would I rather do than hear His voice and seek His guidance in all aspects of my life?

I would care less about seeking His blessings, and would instead be blessed just to be in His presence. I wouldn’t let anything get in the way of my time with God.

So what’s holding me back? I decided to pray for God to reveal and remove the barriers and stumbling blocks in my life and to provide the Scripture to give me victory in this area.

What Say You?

How is your prayer life? What gets in the way of you growing in your relationship with God? What rhythms do you dance to that allow you to overcome these stumbling blocks? What scripture do you meditate to that you’ve found helpful in bringing you closer to Him?

With my lips I proclaim all the judgments from Your mouth. I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts and think about Your ways. I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. [Psalm 139:13-16 HCSB]

by Michael Reynolds

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