SPARE A PRAYER?
There are innumerous ways of looking at the subject and idea of prayer.
There is what is commonly known as ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ (Matthew 6/9-).This can be repeated or enacted in an emergency, at moments of desperation.
It can be vain repetition with no faith or proper understanding and yet because it is so powerful – being The Word of God – as it is, that God might surprise you and step in to answer it – even though you don’t know what you are doing, having never prayed before.
The atheist is going to experience many human dilemmas where ‘vain is the help of man’. Where many situations expose clearly their inadequacy that comes rushing to the fore.
Situations where he/she reaches rock bottom, their faith in unbelief, crumbles and they cry out: ‘God help me!”.
I consider that I have experienced many ‘variations on the theme’ of prayer.
There is the zealousness-of-youth kind of praying – fervent and loud.
There is the spiritual experience(s) aspect of prayer where you can experience God taking over and praying through you. (Romans 8/26).
There is the ‘in quietness and confidence’ kind of prayer where the believer waits on God, sensing His Presence.
There is the entering into a burden kind of praying – where we release the concern and burden we carry – back to God.
There is the God-consciousness kind of praying that can be a 24/7 walk with God. (Galatians 5/16).
There is the ‘praying without ceasing’ kind of praying where we commune with God continuously, perhaps at a time of crisis.
(I Thessalonians 5/17)
Someone once said it isn’t the long prayer, or the loud prayer that is effective – but the prayer of faith.
And in this short post, I have only scratched the surface of the subject of prayer.
The honest prayer has to take priority and is the foundational pre-requisite for successful praying.
Look up the full story of an honest gentleman in need, and how honestly he addressed The Saviour:
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”