We Need to Change How We Pray

By Jordan Standridge - Posted at The Cripplegate:

I didn’t have much of a prayer life growing up. I was your typical kid who only prayed before meals and tests, and asked God to make food that was bad for me actually make me healthy and to help me remember things that I never actually studied for.

Over the years, some events happened that have helped to shape my prayer life.

I remember one time, in the Southern Baptist church I attended in high school, that a lady told the church that she had terminal cancer. So on a Sunday night, the elders of the church laid their hand on her and one of them was asked to pray. I will never forget his words:

“Lord, we know that you will heal Susan. We look forward to hearing the doctors declare that this is a miracle, that you will be glorified by restoring Susan to full health.”

I remember being bothered by that prayed. The bother became anger only a couple weeks later when she went to be with the Lord. I wasn’t angry at God, but I was angry at that elder who had failed to shepherd the soul that was inside the shoulder he had his hand on that evening. Not to mention the dozens of people who heard that prayer.