Prayer Answers 6

This is another old story, but it addresses well the fact that there are some people God listens to more than he does others. In case you didn’t know that, it’s true. In fact, it’s very true.

As a very young Christian, 26 years ago, I went to my boss, Roger, who was mainly responsible for my conversion, and I told him about one of my best friends. He was an alcoholic with a very regular habit. He drank 12 beers every day except Saturday and Sunday, when he drank a whole case. He did this every day and every week like clockwork.

Roger prayed. He prayed one of those charismatic-type prayers about binding “that demon of alcohol.” Personally, after 26 years, I don’t think those prayers are any more or less effective than more traditional prayers. I don’t think God tends to be impressed with our words or methods. I think he’s impressed by faith.

Anyway, that was a Friday. I didn’t see my friend that night because I spent most Friday evenings praying and worshipping with my new friends. As I said, I was a new Christian at the time.

Saturday, however, I did see Beav. The first thing he said to me was, “The most amazing thing happened last night.” He then told me how he hadn’t wanted to drink the whole night. He hadn’t had a single beer.

Now the flip side of that is that it was Saturday morning and he was already drinking. I went off by myself later and tried to “bind that demon of alcohol” like Roger did, and it didn’t work. God simply had a lot more regard for Roger’s prayers than for mine. I’ve had to learn why over the years, and my prayers are much more effective now than they were then. Mostly, I have more faith, and I’m a lot more likely to wait for God to show me what to pray for. As the Scriptures say, “We do not know how to pray as we ought.” Prayer requires God’s help.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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