I identify with Philip Yancey’s confession that most of his struggles with the Christian life come down to two themes:
“Why God doesn’t act the way I want Him to, and Why I don’t act the way God wants me to.”
We’ve all been perplexed about unanswered prayer (why God doesn’t act the way I want Him to).
- “I readily confess” wrote Yancey, “that I tend to view prayer through a skeptic’s lens, obsessing more about unanswered prayers than rejoicing over answered ones.”
- “Of all the activities in which the Christian engages, and which are part of the Christian life, there is surely none which causes so much perplexity, and raises so many problems, as the activity which we call prayer.” (Martyn Lloyd-Jones).
Great perspective on prayer
“Prayer has become for me much more than a shopping list of requests to present to God. It has become a realignment of everything. I pray to restore the truth of the universe, to gain a glimpse of the world, and of me, through the eyes of God.”
“In prayer, I shift my point of view away from my own selfishness. I climb above timberline and look down at the speck that is myself. I gaze at the stars and recall what role I, or any of us, play in a universe beyond comprehension. Prayer is the act of seeing reality from God’s point of view” (Prayer, by Philip Yancey).
Sooner or later, we must ask how our worldview affects our approach to prayer.
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