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Prayer is Not…

A few years ago, a friend brought me a song to hear that was “about prayer”.  I am always interested in prayer songs, so I sat down eager to hear it.  The song told the story of someone who was struggling so they went to church and was given instruction by the preacher to not hate, but instead pray for the person that was their source of stress.  I sat, listening intently.  Then it came……the chorus of this song went something like “I pray your brakes go out running down the hill, I pray a flower pot falls from a window sill, and knocks you in the head like I’d like to.  I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls, I pray you’re flying high when you engine stalls, I hope all of your dreams never come true, just know wherever you are, I pray for you.
Well, my friend had a good laugh for getting one over on me.

Later I was thinking about the song and the thought came to me.  Too often, we are much like the person who wrote this song and have a lot of faulty misconceptions about how prayer works and why we pray.

Prayer is not a weapon by which to get even with someone you are upset with.  Prayer is not to give God a shopping list of all the things you want. It isn’t a way to prosper and promote yourself…..although if you do it with sincerity and the right motives, I believe this will happen. Prayer isn’t a magic wand to get what we want.  Prayer isn’t a first aid kit or something we pull out just in case of emergencies.  The truth is, prayer isn’t nearly much about ME as it is about HIM.  It should be the means by which we communicate with the one we love most. It is my lifeline to my Savior.

Needless to say, I don’t think I will add this song to a list recommended by WNOP and you probably won’t hear it in the prayer room at general conference.  But it did make me think.

Have a good week.

Lisa Marshall
Strategic Prayer Coordinator
World Network of Prayer