The Lie I Once Believed About Prayer

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As a young teenager, I would take my dog for a walk in the back fields behind my house. Many times, I would sit on a rock in the tall grass and talk to God. I always looked at the sky and imagined Him up there. But my prayers felt more like wishes and I wasn’t sure whether He actually heard me.

We prayed The Our Father (Lord’s Prayer) before every meal but I never took the time to understand the prayer; it was just something we did. Like making the sign-of-the-cross (blessing yourself), it was more habit than anything else for me.

My mom always said, “Say your prayers” as she tucked us into bed at night. I would sing a prayer in my mind that I learned in Brownies:

Oh Lord, our God
Thy children call
Grant us thy peace
And bless us all
Goodnight, Goodnight.

But again, I wondered if God knew who I was. I didn’t put much stock in my own prayers. I didn’t think I had any prayer power.

Now on the older hand, my eldest brother — I believed he had prayer power. I believed he could bend the ear of God because he went to Bible college! He actually read the Bible and knew stuff.

So when I had a serious prayer request, I would seek him out and ask him to pray for me. I didn’t think I had any clout with God and so decided to leave the big prayers to my big brother. Herein lies the lie.

God doesn’t give a fig if I went to Bible college. He doesn’t care if I trained to be a nun. He couldn’t care less if I attended church on a daily basis. As a matter of fact, none of that matters to God. He only wants my heart.

God desires a relationship with me and it starts with talking with Him…which is what prayer is. It is communicating with our Creator.

God hears our prayers, and if we are genuine in wanting to be in relationship with Him, and walk in faith and obedience to Jesus Christ, we can expect to receive answers to our prayers.

I don’t need my big brother to act as intermediary for God to hear my prayers. I have Jesus to do this.

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus” ( Timothy 2:5)