11 Is Praying a waste of time? - Dom DeSa

posted Jun 27, 2018, 10:22 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 10:23 AM ]
A prayerless life is a powerless life.

Why should I pray? My prayers are never answered. Guess God is too busy managing the countless problems besetting this troubled world to pay attention to an individual's prayer.

Perhaps many among us have felt this way, at one time or the other. Especially when we have prayed long and earnestly for something, and we don't seem to get any answer. It is a natural, and perhaps, frustrating emotion. No matter how good and/or sincerely we have tried to live as Christians.

Why should I pray?

It has been observed that two things about prayer are truly amazing: (1) God listens when we pray, and (2) When we pray, God works. Scripture tells us: "…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11: 24 NIV) And Bob Gass, a lay Protestant author and minister, avers that you and I may not have much clout anywhere and/or about anything, but when you pray, God listens.

Isn't that tremendous? And yet, why is it that so many among us Christians seldom pray? Gass notes: "We have the greatest privilege imaginable – access to the control centre of the universe, yet we rarely use it." And, he adds, "Our lack of prayer surprises God." More than being surprised, God laments man's insensitivity to the power of prayer, when he exclaims: "I sought for a man among them who would … stand in the gap before me – on behalf of the land – that I should not destroy it; but I found no one." (Ezek 22:30 NKJV)