Why Bother God With Prayer?
caliibre said in commenting on my post A PRAYER FOR MY SON, why bother? Does prayer help?
I read his blog, and he wrote a very interesting post on prayer. At one point he referred to people of prayer as "God Botherers."
I find that to be a wonderful phrase -- wonderful in the sense that I find myself considering and meditating and pondering those two words -- God Botherers.
Images flash through my mind.
Selfish prayers for new cars and comfort.
Passionate prayers for guidance.
Unselfish prayers for others.
Trivial prayers that trivialize God -- "Dear Lord, help me find my keys."
I think of God hearing our prayers, and I ponder that phrase, "God Botherer." I picture God looking like W. C. Fields responding to prayer with Field's famous comment, "Go away kid, you bother me."
Someone once said that our prayers often reduce God to be nothing more than a cosmic bellhop who is neither very bright, nor very reliable (search the Internet and see how many different people get credit for that quote).
I suspect God may be bothered by some of our prayers.
So back to caliibre and his question, "Why bother? Does prayer help?"
I believe that while God may be bothered by some prayers, He delights in others.
Does it help? I don't care. I'm not trying to give orders to God. He is not acosmic bell hop, nor is he Barbara Eden who comes rising from the Jennie's bottle saying, "Yes Master." He's the Master and He can do as He desires.
I pray not to get my way, but to move my spirit into the way of God.