HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
What Prayer Is Not
Now that we have a clearer understanding of God’s nature, it may be tempting to delve right into a definition of prayer. But first let’s take a brief look at what prayer is not (this is by no means an exhaustive list):
- Prayer is not magic. We cannot summon God as though He were a genie, waiting to grant our wishes without regard for our circumstances or the consequences.
- Prayer does not make demands. While we can make requests of God in prayer, we dare not make demands. God is the Creator of the universe and does not take orders from us.
- Prayer is for our benefit, not God’s. We need a relationship with God, available to us through Jesus Christ and engaged primarily through prayer because we were made to function best when we are in a proper relationship with our Creator.
- Prayer is not a guarantee against suffering. “In this world, you will have trouble” (John 16:33); “My dear friends, brothers and sisters, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange was happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:12-13).
- Prayer is not an opportunity for us to show off. “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men” (Matthew 6:5).
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW …..