Why You Shouldn’t Pray

It sounds shocking doesn’t it- my telling you that you shouldn’t pray. Especially since Paul urges that we ἀδιαλείπτως προσεύχεσθε   (‘pray without ceasing’) (or in the CEB, ‘Pray continuously’).

But here’s why: every time you neglect prayer you make my own prayers more relevant, more appropriate, more necessary, and more valuable.

So stop praying. That way when I chat with God (which is rather a lot) he doesn’t have to be troubled with you. I enjoy having him to myself and if you’re happy enough to surrender the greatest of human privileges, the personal encounter with God made possible in the fellowship of prayer, why should I be upset? Your indolence in prayer, your indifference to your own relationship to the heavenly Father, they have no bearing on my happiness in prayer and my joy in the presence of God.

So you shouldn’t pray. Go ahead and stop. You alone will be the one to miss out, not I!

About Jim

I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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7 Responses to Why You Shouldn’t Pray

  1. So, Jim, are you the charming daughter the king keeps around waiting for an answer, or the annoying daughter he issues standing orders, “give her what she wants and send her away”?

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  2. Be catching you standing outside in a circle next dry season, I fear.

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  3. Honi the Circlemaker, who stood in a circle and told God he wouldn’t move until God made it rain. They wanted to kick him out of the community, but then, God did make it rain, so what do you do?

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  4. No secret MS rituals unless you show me the secret handshake first.

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