The Grenz has been a forum in recent months where we have discussed prayer in an authentic and helpful way. Hopefully that discussion will continue now.
I have been thinking a lot lately about prayer - its role in my life and its effectiveness. I have been praying more - a lot more - but I am not sure it is getting me any closer to God and it certainly hasn't gotten me any of things I have been praying for. So ... what's the use?
Today, I had several people tell me that they have been praying for the sale of our house in MI. On the one hand, I am thrilled by this, that people care for us. But on the other hand, I am left shrugging my shoulders. Do the prayers of many people make more of a difference with God than the prayers of one person? Are we hoping that one of these people is "in" enough with God to get the request before him? By asking many people to pray are we just getting as many hooks in the water as possible, hoping God might bite at one of them?
I pray frequently for the needs of some of my friends - housing, job, health, and spiritual stuff - but in my very honest moments, I am not sure my prayer on their behalf is making any difference.
And I look at my own life and I can see the fingerprints of God all over stuff - from my job opportunities to Vintage to my family - but this house thing (and the accompanying money thing) is beginning to consume me. If I am praying, and if my prayers are being mingled with the prayers of hundreds of others who are far more devoted to God than I am, and if the Spirit of God is reinterpreting all of these prayers to be in harmony with God's will, why isn't he doing something?
These are the questions I am asking right now.
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