Desperate prayer

Thought for the day:

Sometimes we pray because we are feeling holy and sometimes we pray because we are feeling desperate. I suspect it’s the desperate prayers that God hears.

In other words, when we depend in our prayers on our holiness we start to sound like the Pharisee in the parable Jesus tells in Luke 18. The core model for prayer is that of a child petitioning his or her father. Our prayers are not heard because of anything intrinsic in us other than a belief that we desperately need God every moment and that he hears us when we cry to him in our desperation.

2 thoughts on “Desperate prayer

  1. ‘Sometimes we pray because we are feeling holy and sometimes we pray because we are feeling desperate. I suspect it’s the desperate prayers that God hears.’

    I would agree with this statement in regards to us making requests to God but surely prayer also includes fellowship with Christ (1 Cor. 1.9)in which we would not want to be desperate in prayer each time we want him to hear us, but rather it would be more akin to friends, lovers, servants,children enjoying his presence.Also, then we would be praying not because we feel holy but because we are his children and he has called us into fellowship with himself.

  2. Good point. Although … fellowship with Christ in prayer answers the hunger of my soul. ‘Desperate’ might be too strong a word for this, but maybe not: I spend time in prayer because I am desperate for God.

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