The Poverty Of Those Who Don’t Pray

July 27, 2012

The Poverty Of Those Who Don’t Pray

            It’s easy to understand an unbeliever who doesn’t pray.  Why should he pray if he isn’t even sure that God exists?  But, a believer who doesn’t pray is an enigma.  It’s something that’s difficult to understand or explain.

A child that never talks to his father?

A believer who acts the part of an unbeliever when it comes to prayer?

A believer who talks to his brothers in Christ but doesn’t talk to his father?

How did he become a child of God if it wasn’t through prayer?

Lucas tells us that one of Jesus disciples ask him to teach the disciples to pray.  “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1).   On that occasion he taught them what is often called “The Lord’s Prayer.” “And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.    Give us day by day our daily bread.    And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4).  It is best to consider this a model prayer.  To repeatedly pray in these exact words is what is called vain repetition.  It is a cold formal recitation of words we have memorized.  Those who really know the Lord talk to him using their own words.

Jesus invites us to come to him.  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”(Matthew 11:28).  In Matthew 7:7-11 he uses the words “ask,” “seek,” and “call” in the form of a command. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:    For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?    Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?    If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

If we don’t pray we are making light of Jesus invitation to come to him.  It is a lack of respect when we refuse to talk to someone.  It is also against his command to pray.  A Christian who doesn’t pray is a disobedient child of God.

In a public prayer meeting at times there may be some who don’t pray in public.  That doesn’t mean they aren’t saved or that they aren’t listening and identifying with the others who are praying.  Before the time of prayer begins they can talk normally with the other believers.  When it comes time for them to pray there is nothing but silence.  Somehow they feel self conscience about praying in public.  Brother, if this is your case, you need not fear to speak.  Just open your mouth and talk to God.  At first it may be a short prayer, but in subsequent prayer meetings you will feel more at liberty.

We need to set aside time for prayer.  We need to make it a habit to spend time alone with God every day.  It’s good to start the day by reading a portion of the Bible and then spend some time in prayer.  Husbands and wives often schedule a time when they pray together each day.  We can pray off and on throughout the day.  I Thessalonians 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing.” That is most often interpreted to mean that we should be constantly in the attitude of prayer.  At any moment we can lift a silent prayer to God.

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