This short little burst is tongue-in-cheek, but smothered with a serious note…
The reasons not to pray are many, but we will choose just six of the most compelling as a foundation for a delightfully prayerless life, free from the messy conflicts that skirmishes with the devil can cause if we disturb his plans for our life and nation.
1. There is nothing more to discover of God’s Grace and I have arrived
The first and best reason not to pray is that we are absolutely and perfectly content and satisfied with the depth and richness of our relationship with God, and there really is nothing more to discover of His grace. Yes, that’s right, I have fully arrived at the very pinnacle of God’s purposes for my life, and quite honestly there is no longer any reason to seek Him for more.
2. The job is done so why bother?
Second, the world is living in a manner that already honors the true and living God and intercession is quite pointless. After all, if God wants people saved, healed and delivered, He would do it with or without us, right? Sure He will, that’s why He is called God, and it’s His job to do all that spiritual saving stuff. Jesus said “it is finished” and I’m sticking with that. Job done, and no need to enforce the victory or participate in appropriating all that He paid so dearly to provide for us.
3. Doing good things is so much more productive
Third, but equally comforting is to realize that prayer is really a very secondary activity, and we are much better off putting all of that energy into more productive things like actually doing something for God. Nothing can replace sancified-busyness when it comes to producing the goods. The best and most efficient way to approach this whole thing is to make some awesome plans and then ask God to bless them. Keep it brief, no need for any heavy intercession or rending of the heart, just a quick "bless the work of my hands" will do the job just as well as all that hyper-emotional long winded bruise-your-knees malarkey.
4. Prayer is hard, and Jesus didn’t die for me to work hard!
Fourth, prayer is hard. I thought Jesus said his burden was easy, so just get off my back and stop making me feel guilty for not spending time with the Father. Who are you to judge, anyways? Expecting people to discipline themselves to break the strength of their flesh and learn to pray is so legalistic!!!!
5. Jesus does my praying for me
Fifth, Doesn’t the Bible say that Jesus is ever living to intercede? Surely, that’s enough? What difference could my agreement make. I think it’s best to just let Him get on with it.
Six, and this is my favorite –
6. Prayer doesn’t work
I really don’t believe that prayer works, because if I did I would do a lot more of it.
The way I spend my time shines a light on my real values.
So what if Jesus often withdrew from the crowds and activity of life to seek the Father?
What is to me that He rose a great while before day to pray?
Nope, this prayer thing is over-rated.
Just because Jesus urged "that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” (Luke 18:1 KJV) is really no reason to disturb the status-quo of my life, and re-prioritize to spend more time seeking fresh encounters with Heaven.
Next time, 10 reasons why evangelism is a complete waste of time…