Zwinglius Redivivus

ἐμοὶ δὲ εἰς ἐλάχιστόν ἐστιν, ἵνα ὑφ᾽ ὑμῶν ἀνακριθῶ

The Demeaning of Prayer

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Prayer is demeaned when it is posted on an internet social media site because 1) it is aimed not at God, but at people; and 2), because God doesn’t use twitter or facebook or even have or need a computer.

Prayer is also demeaned when it is incoherent.  ‘Heavenly Father Lord’ is addressed in the second person and then ‘God’ is discussed in the third person- as though whoever ‘Heavenly Father Lord’ is, is not God.  ‘HFL’ has made a way for us to worship God?

Prayer is also demeaned when it is rambling.  ‘We welcome you into our life praying for a better life and a new life’?  Why?  And who is doing the praying?  We, or ‘HFL’ who sort of introduces us to God and whom we welcome into our lives so they can be better and new?  Is that really the purpose of discipleship?  ‘better’ lives?  How so?

Prayer is also demeaned when Jesus is dragged in as a mere footnote.  ‘In Jesus’s name’ means, in biblical terms, in his authority.  But such a prayer as that above, in its incoherent, demeaning, rambling silliness is hardly something Jesus would pray.

‘Teach us to pray’ is the only prayer this young lady, and her like, should be praying.  ‘Go into your closet’ and pray, and keep it off the internet.  Because when it’s on the internet, it isn’t prayer at all.  It’s self aggrandizement.

Written by Jim

5 Feb 2018 at 8:48 am

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