Prayer is one of the most important parts of the spiritual life. It’s how we communicate with God, we confess our sins, thank Him, and ask for things and He responds. However, I think that many of us limit prayer, we put it in a box built of our own misconceptions. This is a list of three common lies about prayer, there are probably more, but I think these are some of the most common.
1.I Have to Pray in a Specific Way or God Won’t Hear My Prayer.
Many of us have fallen into the trap of thinking that our prayers have to be perfect and eloquent in order for them to be effective, but this is simply not true. Prayer is a conversation with the Lord, there is no formula to follow, He just wants us to communicate with Him. I love thinking of prayer as a conversation, for me, this makes my prayers all the more sincere because I don’t have to worry about saying the right thing in the right way.
Sometimes prayers don’t even consist of words. There are times when we can’t even put what we are going through into words, let alone put together an intelligent prayer about it. But thankfully we have a God who knows us inside and out. He knows our deepest thoughts and desires without us even telling Him. In Romans 8:26 Paul tells us:
“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
2.If I Don’t Have Enough Faith God Won’t Answer My Prayer.
“And He said to them, ‘Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.’” Matthew 17:20
This verse clearly shows us that we can have the tiniest amount of faith, yet God will still move mountains for us, he will still answer our prayers. God doesn’t answer our prayers based on how much faith we have, but because of who He is.
3. Prayer Isn’t That Important to My Spiritual Life.
This may not be a lie we believe consciously. But I find myself frequently putting prayer on the back burner. In other words, I may know that prayer is vital to my walk with God, but I don’t act like it. Many times I find myself only praying when I need something or I’m in a tough situation. But God wants us to come to Him with everything, He wants to hear about our joy and our sadness, He wants us to tell Him everything and ask anything!
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1Thessalonians 5:17