[re]Understading Prayer

February 25, 2006

I would like to think that I have some diversity in my reading.  Whether it is the fiction of John Grisham, the liberal theology of Marcus Borg, the conservatism of John Piper, or the milky [RELEVANTBOOKS] that I work through.  This brief synopsis concerns the latter of these categories.  I enjoy Relevant Books and appreciate the work they are doing in the kingdom; however, I would not describe their volumes as “meaty.”  Their books are not void of theological content, but it is typically not too challenging.

[re]Understanding Prayer was written by the late Kyle Lake.  This book was refreshing.  I did not change my philosophy of prayer much through reading it, because I think Kyle and I started on the same page.  To me, prayer is the all-day conversation you have with God by your awareness of Him.  I would also agree that it is beneficial to have times designated to spend more focused moments in prayer; but we should not use that to measure our spirituality.  If you are discouraged in your prayer life, then this book could be refreshing.  It is not a theology of prayer and no how-tos are provided.  I leave you with his closing statement:

This seems to always be the danger with prayer and perhaps the essence of what Jesus communicated to the Pharisees in Matthew 6.  “Religions leaders, your prayers have taken on a life of their own.  Maybe at one time, there was s imple love for God.  And your communication with God fascilitated that.  But somewhere along the way, prayer became the point, not God.  That is praying became the point of prayer.  Rather than God being the point of prayer.”

Following in the way of Jesus, praying has never been the point of prayer.  God has always been the point.


One Response to “[re]Understading Prayer”

  1. micah said

    i think this is a great point! i think one factor about prayer that seems to be missed so often is that prayer is generally more meaningful in the life of the prayer rather than in the life of person being prayer for. that’s not to negate the power of prayer, but maybe a better understanding of prayer is needed.

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