Prayer. Let’s just get started!

Again one of my beefs with Reformed Christianity, Christianity that is so prevalent in the United States today, is this obsessiveness with how everything has to be done right. Otherwise? What, just don’t?
I’m really not picking on the Blackabys but again, there are differences between Lutheranism and Reformed Christians. “Only when we pray according to God’s will is He pleased to grant our requests (John 15:16)”. So we limit God to what wecan request and require Him to answer prayer within these limits? Sounds a little presumptuous, He is going to do what His will is and, as it often goes, it’s not going to always make sense to us.
I submit that if it’s a choice between someone who’s not praying or, they will pray but they might not be in conformance with the rules the Blackabys list out:
If we are selfish. (James 4:3)
Are our requests worthy of the God we approach?
Do we lack the faith God requires…? (Matt 17:20)
Is there unconfessed sin? (Isaiah 1:15)
If we will ask according to His will. (Jeremiah 33:3)
(Henry, Richard Blackaby “Experiencing God Day by Day p 244)
I’d much rather that they pray. I have no doubt that God leads us in prayer. That by our taking a submissive posture, intentionally turning to and addressing Him, that He will lead us in prayer and that He is going to get us where He wants us to be from there, which doesn’t require our going through a briefing of what is and isn’t acceptable. But we have to start by being in prayer.
Getting people obsessed with, again, rules will discourage or give them another excuse not to even get started.
Bartimaeus asked to not be blind, to have sight (Mark 10:51), that’s kind of selfish. He could have asked for someone else’s benefit. But from that Jesus led Bartimaeus to follow Him. Maybe Bartimaeus became a disciple who subsequently taught and led other people.
As mature Christians we should pray in His will, and shouldn’t be self-centered. People will grow into spiritual maturity led by the Holy Spirit and hopefully by a faithful mature Christian disciple. Isn’t the Holy Spirit going to lead that new person into maturity? I have no doubt many aspects of a new prayers life are brought into closer conformance with Jesus’ will by taking to prayer. Let’s not get people obsessed with dos and don’ts, let’s get them praying first, then disciple them into efficacious prayer.

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