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Seeking the Family of God

  1. Am I In Christ?
    7 Digging Deeper
  2. What is the Kingdom of God?
    3 Digging Deeper
  3. What is the Church?
    5 Digging Deeper
  4. Why Are There So Many Different Christian Religions?
    6 Digging Deeper
  5. How Can I Know the Will of God?
    4 Digging Deeper
  6. How Do I Pray?
    5 Digging Deeper
  7. What is Worship?
    6 Digging Deeper
  8. What is the Significance of the Lord’s Supper?
    5 Digging Deeper
  9. How Do I Become Like Christ?
    6 Digging Deeper
  10. What if there is no New Testament Church Near Me?
    5 Digging Deeper
Lesson 6, Digging Deeper 1
In Progress

Many people view prayer like making a wish. Why is this an unhealthy approach to God in prayer?

Making a wish is a fantasy thought of something we would either like to happen or not like to happen. It is often selfish, centered in our own desires and wants. It often trusts in fate or what some call “karma.” It is not addressed to God, his glory, or a desire for his will to be done.

Prayer is conversation with God that submits to God’s will, seeks for his will to be done, and gives glory to him through the atoning work of Jesus for us.

Wishing instead of praying is spiritually unhealthy because it focuses on us and not God. It is not dependent on God and most wishes do not even mention him or his will. A wish is usually a man-centered desire for happiness. A wish is not talk with God but self-talk about what we think we need or others need. It is often “off the top of our head” without much forethought. Prayer is God-centered. It is praising God, submitting to God, and asking God to intervene to give, forgive, and lead.

Psalms 65:1-2

Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion,

and to you shall vows be performed.

O you who hear prayer,

to you shall all flesh come.