Thursday, September 20, 2007

Stupid Prayers vs. Selfish Prayers

Is there such thing as a stupid prayer? In every class it seems like we pray "Jesus please come bless our class..." or whatever and it just seems monotonous. I don't believe it's stupid to ask for God's blessing but It seems like we are praying for something that God is already doing...

One day in Impact Youth Choir (Cedar Park) Jeremy lead us in prayer and we repeated the worlds "God, Bless me!" after him. "How many people think that's a selfish prayer?" he asked. After some responses he said "Good! 'Cause it is!"
I had never thought about asking God to bless me in such a way before. why not? Because it's selfish? Or because praying this would only make me feel as if I didn't believe God was blessing me to begin with? and if this is the case then does it make this prayer stupid?

Interestingly enough, I have been thinking about whether prayer actually makes a difference. If prayer doesn't make a difference why do it? why fellowship with God if it doesn't affect our lives? The fact is that God DOES listen to our petitions. Prayer makes a huge difference. James 4:2 says " do not have, because you do not ask God." Isn't that interesting. There are so many people that complain about God not providing or blessing them but they haven't asked God to do so. God answers our prayers. Here's a thought: If we do not pray for our nation's salvation, are we at fault?

When we pray God hears us.... so yea

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