When Prayer Is Not Enough

Sometimes it seems as if I’m praying to a wall.  No apparent answer greets repeated requests; no recognizable acknowledgement responds to prayers of praise and gratitude.  Meanwhile, frustration increases and disappointment soars as life sours before me.  When this happens, I could conclude that God doesn’t exist and that I have been wasting my time praying to him. Indeed, several tweeters and bloggers have written messages that shout that such a decision is the only rational one.  I could decide to vent my disappointment and anger in my prayers. Some prayers in the Bible (See Psalm 13) suggest that course of action is a legitimate one.

Several biblical passages suggest another alternative when our prayers seem to fall on deaf ears. In Isaiah 58, God entreats the prophet to “lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression…”  Had the people ignored the worship of God. No! God continues, “Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God, they ask of me righteous judgments and delight to draw near to God.” The people of God under consideration still worshiped God. They prayed and even fasted. They enjoyed worship and the practice of spiritual disciplines. God, however, was not pleased. He disregarded their prayers and ignored their fasts.  Why? Their attitudes and their actions were not consistent with their words.

  God responded to these avid practitioners of prayer and fasting, “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the lord shall be your rear guard” (Isaiah 58:6-8).

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