Praying can expose the gaps in growth as a child of God. Things we say in life’s most important conversation open the window to a courtyard of fear and misinformation. We want to know the name of the god who responds to a request for cleaning if God’s policy is to ignore a sinner’s (=believer’s) prayers. This is where people can end up if their understanding of prayer gets shaped by ancient sacred buildings.
People can get so caught up in symbols, signs, food, drink, rituals and regulations that they lose sight of reality. The case can hardly be better made than with trying to make prayer conform to the tabernacle service.
The main problem is one of presence. When exactly is the believer in God’s presence? Is there an outer court, a laver, a place for preliminaries to prayer?
A disturbing practice is followed by people who think they cannot speak to God or hear from him without first becoming sinless. This is not becoming sinless by not sinning. It is BECOMING SINLESS BY PARDON which is where all Christians begin.
- Who ever came up with that one is a raving genius of nonsense.
- God has to hear or respond to sinners
- The process for getting saved is “sinner calls on the Lord’s name”
- The sinner (any believer) surely cannot ask the same God who “does not hear sinners” for a cleansing from all sin so that one’s prayer can be heard.
I know who says that prayer, but who hears that prayer?