The quote I received today was by BJ Thompson, “The most obvious sign of pride isn’t boasting, it’s lack of prayer.” When we think of boasting, we can think of the Pharisees who show no humility, but rather a self-righteousness that is of the world. It’s a “I do this for you, I do that for you” concept. Yet, deep down this isn’t prayer, it is a lack of prayer. We can think that if we pray, we are Christians, but that isn’t the case. Many grow up in a church or in a home like Casa, listening and watching others pray. They ask for peace, provision, healing and protection, yet there is no confession. No desire to admit that we are sinners and need forgiveness. We pray…yet do not pray.
Many believers and non-believers pray to be heard by others, not God. Long flowery prayers are not what God desires, but prayers of humility and repentance. Jesus said, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” We call it prayer, Jesus calls it “acts of righteousness.” We want others to hear and see us but there is no true belief in the prayers. Our Father knows what we need. He knows our pain and sorrows, and like a loving parent, He desires to have an intimate conversation with us.
Jesus said, “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Prayer is asking, seeking and knocking. Jesus said, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” When we seek the Lord in prayer, we “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!” When we knock, we “Pray without ceasing.” Prayer isn’t something we do because we’re a Christian; it is something we desire. It is not a lifestyle; it is a relationship. He is worthy.
Jim and Kate said the boys enjoyed the carnival yesterday, and our older boys came back from the night program with leis, sunglasses and chopsticks. We are very thankful to the Lord for sending teams here to bless and minister to the children. Thank You, Lord!
Lee and Candy