A Good Word: Prayer That Avoids God

Happy New Year to you. May it be one in which the roots of your life grow deeper into the unfailing and faithful love of God for you. Here’s a good word I came across in preparing for the sermon I’m preaching this weekend at Crossway Church in Santa Ana.

“The great temptation always crouching at the door of prayer is to use prayer is a way to avoid God: using God language to avoid God relationship; using the name of God as a screen behind which to hide from God. Clichés are the usual verbal giveaways of prayer that is, in fact, nonprayer.” (Peterson, Eugene. Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005, p. 278.)

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