Prayer, Where Do We Draw The Line?

Don - March 27, 2007

In my previous post I talked about how I struggle with prayer itself. I also struggle with what to pray about.

I find it difficult to determine where to draw the line. What I mean is what should I pray about and what should be left to my own choices.

For example: praying over which can of beans to buy – seems stupid to me. Praying whether I should marry the girl I’m dating (I did that and it’s working out ok!) What I’m saying is how important does something have to be before we should include it in our prayers?

God gave me a brain and my agency. If I am ever going to be like Him don’t I have to learn how to make good descisions based on the consequences, logic etc.? If I rely on God for all my descisions then don’t I just become a puppet?

Where is the balance between turning my will over to God and growing through using my own agency? How involved should God be in the “little” descisions of my life…does He really care which brand of beans I buy?

4 Comments »

  1. I struggle with this, too. Generally for me it stems from getting answers on the big things. It feels so good to get a direct answer to prayer. I want to experience that all the time. But I don’t always have major decisions to make, so I start praying over little silly things, and then not getting an answer, for obvious reasons.

    I’m in the middle of having a major decision and prayer answered. I’ll most likely do a post about it once all the pieces are in place.

    Comment by Susan M — March 27, 2007 @ 10:46 am

  2. Is it wrong to involve Him in all we do (minus the obvious like choosing a can of beans), but to recognize the need for agency? If we expect Him to tell us each step to make in every single facet, we will be disappointed, but I never feel disappointed in talking with Father about things that matter to me, big and small. And I have felt Him involved in things big and small, even as I have worked my tail off to do my part. I don’t know that we need to “draw a line” really. Why not pray and involve Him in our lives, but work hard along the way, using our agency until and unless we hear the Lord guiding us to do something different?

    Prayer is hard, but trying to draw this hard line seems to make it harder in my mind.

    Comment by m&m — March 27, 2007 @ 10:57 am

  3. I say if you feel a need to talk to him about it, it’s okay to talk to him about it.

    Comment by Matt W. — March 27, 2007 @ 11:34 am

  4. m&m, Involving God in our lives sounds great. For me I’m not so sure I know how to do that without over-involvement. Trying to decide what is important enough to have Him involved and what isn’t is hard for me. I seems it would be ok if God would direct me in which can of beans to buy, when to go to bed, which turn to take when driving somewhere – but I’m just not comfortable with that.

    If the beans had botulism I would hope He’d let me know, or if staying up too late was going to cause a big problem, or if taking a different driving route would make it so I avoided being involved in an accident, then ok, those little things become big things and I hope He’s there.

    Maybe the best prayer would be “God I’m going to use the agency you blessed me with, the best way I can, if that’s not good then please step in.”

    Comment by Don Clifton — March 27, 2007 @ 5:49 pm

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