Why Prayer Can Be A Bad Choice
I can not tell you how many times I have read articles or spoken with people who are disgusted with Christians for the infamous “I’ll keep you in my prayers”. When we hear our friend’s cry for help, or a stranger looking for some extra change, it’s very common for christians to display this elitism approach where prayer is more important for them than giving them what they are asking for.
We already know waiters and waitresses dread the Christians who leave tracts behind instead of a tip (yikes).
Well, at first glance you probably think I’m dissing prayer. This is not true. Prayer is real and it is powerful, I only wish to potentially adjust your paradigm on the whole thing. If you’re a Christian, take a close look here. If not, give a little. Don’t presume every Christian is the same, and remember that though we should be emulating Jesus Christ, we hardly do it any justice.
I challenge you here, if someone asks you for help, help them. Provide for a physical need with physical help. If someone needs money, give them some of your money for goodness sakes. If we as Christ followers were to reach out to a community without just “I’ll pray for you” and more like “Here’s what you need” or “Lets pray RIGHT NOW”, people wouldn’t frown so greatly on Christians who do nothing.
We’re all guilty of saying we’ll pray, and then we forget. It’s not that we had bad motives, it’s that our memories are terrible at remembering things that are not immediately pressing in our own lives personally. Take some time to pray for someone immediately when they ask for it, don’t make promises you can’t keep.
I’d love to adjust our approach. Prayer should be a given and something we do privately for every need. But for what people see, it should be action, our love for people should be shown by providing for needs and asking “How can I help?”