I’m working through a new discipleship material with some guys. In it recently there was a comparison of religious prayers and gospel filled prayers… it went something like:
A religious prayer life is one in which the concerns of this world are listed and the more concerns we grapple with the harder we pray… its about controlling our environment.
A Gospel filled prayer life is one which has generous times of connecting with God through exaltation and praise.
I sorta kinda liken it to the difference between a three year old crawling up into daddy’s lap just to be there and give and receive love and a teenager asking for the keys to the car… a very imperfect illustration, but you get my drift. Its okay to ask for stuff, we are given that right as adopted children, but its really, really important to dwell and abide with Him.