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How not to pray!

I believe as we become more mature in Christ, you drop the childish behaviours and seek to taste that which is meant for adults. This should be the natural progression of a Christian. Everyday, your knowledge of the word deepens, new questions are asked, new revelations are made and half-truths are dropped.


Are these two prayers the same? - a) Lord, thank you I am not sick | b) Lord, thank you I am healthy. They look very similar and seems you are thanking the Lord for the same thing, but if you compare it to the payers of the self-righteous Pharisee in Luke 18:11, you might notice the subtle selfishness in prayer (a).

 

The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.

 

I experience these a lot in prayer sessions - a usual line is "Brethren, thank God we are not in hospital", "Thank God we do not have the Corona virus"...etc. I have prayed it myself, but recently I started asking myself questions about it and now I know better to thank God for who I am and not for who I am NOT.


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