Many of us fall into the habit of treating God like a genie in a bottle — as if our prayers are wishes we hope he will grant. Then when we don’t get the answer we want, we get confused, upset or even angry. Finally in our disappointment we declare that prayer doesn’t work and is a waste of time and energy!
But what if our prayers were never meant to “work”? What if our approach to prayer is all wrong? We want to help you explore what prayer is — and what it isn’t — by looking at some of the ways we treat prayer: as a quick fix, a last resort and more. And as we explore how God designed prayer and modeled it for us through Jesus, we can together understand how to better approach this conversation with a holy and loving God.
To get you started, here’s an excerpt from a resource we designed, “Why Doesn’t Prayer Work?” Then explore some answers to questions about prayer and how the Bible teaches us about the significance and role of prayer.