Magic spells, incantations, charms, prayers, oops, wasn’t supposed to put that last one in that group of words, was I.
We don’t treat our prayers like they are some kind of magic words that if we keep repeating them, then God will act upon them, right?
“I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.” (Luke 11:8) “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matt. 7:7) Wait a minute here, don’t these verses infer that if we seriously desire our petitions of the Lord that we need to not only make them known, but until we receive some form of answer, either in the positive or the negative, that we are to continue in these requests? So then, magic incantations or “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)
Tell me, how is this formula, if you will, supposed to work if one is praying to be filled with wisdom, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5) How are you supposed to know when to quit asking for this incredible blessing, how do you know when you have become wise? How about to be filled with the knowledge of His will, (Col. 1:9) to have a heart that can discern between good and evil, as Solomon did in 1 Kings 3:9. When do you know that your prayers have been answered when we pray according to the promises, and it does not involve a materialistic item?
These requests, these prayers, are far different than asking for someone to be healed, for someone to come to Christ that you have been praying for, you will see the effects of those prayers eventually, prayers that are offered in the material realm are easily recognized when the Lord grants them in whatever way He chooses as best for His glory. But if you are asking for Spiritual discernment, for Spiritual understanding, to know and recognized truth, when do you stop, and when do you start to feel, so to speak, that you are simply becoming a repetitive prayer of prayers?
The Roman Catholic cult, many Lutheran organizations, and other religious organizations are more than proficient at this practiced forced upon their members, they are perfect at it, they have honed this trait to a fine art. “Seven hail Mary’s and ten penitent requests, repeated continuously and in order.” The magic incantation of believing in those vain repetitions. “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matt. 6:7)
Have you fallen into this trap, this lie of repetitiveness, the same prayers, over and over, whether you get an answer or not? I fear that most Evangelicals are in just the opposite, prayer is almost unheard of by them, at least in their personal lives, they say a quick, “This is what I want or need,” and then head back out into the world to attempt to find that which they have requested by their own means, instead of waiting 0n the Lord. When do we leave our request at the feet of Jesus and wait patiently, and when do we knock, and knock, and knock, until we get an answer?
I don’t know, and I do not think that anyone does. I believe that there are men of God who have attempted to answer this question, even many who, for reasons of their own, think that they have answered it, but I do not believe that the Lord has given any of us an answer to these questions. Someone would have to be able to say, “I am wise, I have Spiritual discernment, I can discern between good and evil, and understand truth.” Ever met anyone like that, someone who has said any or all of these words to you? If you have, get as far away from them as it is possible.
I would ask you to contemplate these words today in this letter, for it is serious business. We are speaking about a heart that yearns for an answer, for a response from the Most High, and of those others that have, by their much speaking, turned their supposed requests into nothing more than a hopeful magic incantation. It would be wise to look very intently at your prayer life and see where you are in it in relation to this subject.