Stop praying like a pagan

Praying mantis

Praying mantis (Photo credit: tdroza)

Are you struggling because you think you’re not a good enough pray-er?  Read some amazing advice:

We most often begin by tackling prayer in the same way we have been taught to tackle every other problem – by hard work.  We grit our teeth, intensify our willpower, and try, try, try.  In reality this is a pagan concept of prayer in which we rouse the gods to action by our many incantations and vain repetitions . . . . . .Today, as we carry on the activities of our lives, Jesus Christ is praying for us.  Tonight, as we sleep through the long darkness, Jesus Christ is praying for us.  Continual prayer is being offered at the throne of God on our behalf by none other than the eternal Son.  You are being prayed for right now.  I am being prayed for right now.  We can rest in this work of the Son on our behalf.

-Richard J. Foster, Prayer (Harper Collins), p. 96, 99

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2 thoughts on “Stop praying like a pagan

  1. I wrote on every single psalm in order to find out how to pray better. After nearly a year of painstaking investigation, meditation, study, and writing (with a 300+ page book to prove it), God revealed to me just this. He likes our sordid, waning, imperfect, and, sometimes even sporatic, prayers. He knows *us* and there is no formula. He hears us because he loves us.

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