I’ve come to realize that I am a “prayer wimp.” I don’t pray enough, and when I do, I don’t really pray like I believe it makes much of a difference. I go through the motions.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I doubt God can answer my prayers. After all, He’s God. But I don’t really pray like I believe that He will answer them. I over-spiritualize Jesus surrendering to the Father’s sovereignty in Gethsemane: “Not My will, but Thine be done.” I’ve convinced myself that God’s going to do what God wants to do anyway, so it doesn’t really make much of difference what I ask.
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.
Our churches are filled with “prayer wimps.” We share prayer requests without any real intention to pray about them. What’s the point? If God’s going to do His own thing, why waste the time, right?
And then I read Genesis 15, and my whole paradigm on prayer was turned on its head. God goes to Abram and reminds him of the promise made in Genesis 12. Abram should have just said “thank you” and gone about the rest of his evening. Instead, he says, “Why bother? I have no heir anyway!”
That’s not a “Thy will be done” moment. So God sends down a lightning bolt to fry Abram for his insolence.
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