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I Prayed the Wrong Way for Years—I Learned This Secret and Everything Changed

It was never meant to be part of a checklist or just a bunch of empty words tossed up in the air. In fact, Jesus specifically warns of this type of heartless, faithless prayer in Matthew 6:7.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. “ Matthew 6:7

It is simply a conversation with God that is defined by faith. It’s the humble act of taking our natural concerns to a supernatural God.

I don’t really think that the prayer has to look a certain way or sound a certain way to be heard by God. I don’t think that we have to be kneeled by a bed or locked in a closet. And I don’t believe that a long prayer impresses Him or a short prayer disappoints Him.

I just think that He wants us to be honest with Him and to pray with whatever faith that we can muster.

We can always pray with expectancy, because God always hears and answers our prayers. It may not be a “Yes,” but it will always be what is best, whether we understand it or not.

I love this quote from Tim Keller that explains that idea:

“God will either give us what we ask or give us what we would have asked if we knew everything he knows.”

Never forget that we pray to a God who works wonders. (Psalm 77:14)

A God who raises the dead and heals the brokenhearted. (Psalm 147:3)

A God who gives sight to the blind and strength to the weak. (Isaiah 40:29)

A God who is able to do far above anything we could ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)

Don’t make the same mistake I did. Prayer is far too powerful to allow routine or religion to steal its effectiveness.  

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Husband, blogger and serious coffee drinker. Passionate about helping others understand how to live relationally with God and escape a life of dry, mechanical religion so that they can live out their God given purpose.