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Dr. Ken Boa
This morning we are beginning to speak on the topic that is very important to me, and it is the theme of prayer. And as we consider the theme of prayer, it is an issue that for many people it is sort of a "ho-hum" word. They associate sometimes the word prayer with boredom. A yawn word -- "Well, I guess we might as well pray." You know, or sort of a last ditch effort mindset here. When everything is finally falling apart, then we say, "Has it come to this, that we have to pray about it?" You know, it is sort of a last minute resort. All other resources have failed, we had better consider this desperate measure of prayer. And I find that to be a very, very unbiblical mindset, as we will be seeing.
Prayer is really the basis of a relationship, of communication, and of personal affection and knowledge of the living God. But the issue of prayer has been debated of the centuries, even little details. Like this, at the University of ???, where ?Irasmus? spent some time, there were teachers and students, who were in 1493, debating these following topics: 1)Do four five minute prayers on consecutive days have a better chance of being answered than one twenty minute prayer? 2)Is a prayer of ten minutes said on behalf of ten people as efficacious as ten one minute prayers? The debate lasted eight weeks. Longer than it had taken Columbus to sail to America the previous year, 1492.
Something is wrong when people are so wrapped up in those kinds of details, and probably, I rather suspect, they probably were not praying a whole lot during those eight weeks. You know, I kind of doubt that. Somehow, we have our way of doing this. I have often said it is the occupational hazard of theologians to know a lot about God, but not to know God. It is a very easy, easy thing to slip into the mindset of knowing scripture, and studying it in an academic way, but really not applying its precepts and truths.
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