A Magical View of Prayer
Updated: Jan 25, 2020
Many of God’s people have a magical view of prayer. Almost all of us have prayed magical prayers, at some point in our lives, where we seek to twist the arm of God, metaphorically speaking, to get God to do what we want God to do. Hopefully, with growing maturity, we move beyond this type of prayer that seeks to manipulate God to give us what we want. Another form of this is when we seek to make a deal with God. If you do this for me then I will do that for you. Fortunately, the living God cannot be manipulated. If God could be manipulated, we would end up in all kinds of trouble with various problems resulting from our prayers. Magical prayer seeks to manipulate God while healthy prayer is supplicatory in nature making a request to God knowing that in God’s wisdom God will answer our prays in ways that fit with God’s will for our lives and ultimately for our benefit and wellbeing. Thus, magic is about manipulation while biblical prayer is supplicatory in nature. Magic ends in the distortion of God’s will while supplication seeks and honours God’s will knowing that our loving heavenly Father does all things well.