How Biblical is your prayer life?

How Biblical is your prayer life?  I don’ t mean how much of the Bible do your recite when you pray, but do your prayers reflect the God of the Bible? The following quote challenged my thinking.

“For the Deist … prayer is calling across a void to a distant deity. This lofty figure may or may not be listening. He, or it, may or may not be inclined, or even able, to do very much about us and our world, even if he (or it) wanted to … all you can do is send off a message, like a marooned sailor scribbling a note and putting it in a bottle, on the off-chance that someone out there might pick it up. That kind of prayer takes a good deal of faith and hope. But it isn’t Christian prayer.” – N.T Wright

As Christians we must constantly guard our hearts and minds as we approach God in prayer. Prayer is more than a frivolous act or a rigorous discipline, but is fundamentally about communicating to a God who desires to hear you.

As you pray today remember the words of the Psalmist and know that your prayers do more than hit the ceiling.

Psalm 17:6 I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me; hear my words.

Jared Ruddy
Husband, author, and blogger who finds it very uncomfortable to write about himself.


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