Most of us enjoy listening to music, whether contemporary or traditional, in our cars, homes and during worship at church. Often, we don’t stop to consider just what the song we are listening to is actually saying. In his article “What God Can Do” Tim Geddert takes a thoughtful look at a popular song often played on Christian radio. He stopped to listen to the words and wrote a very well thought out response to what he heard. I have to confess, I don’t listen to contemporary Christian music and I am not familiar with this song, but his comments about the words and ideas in the song apply to so much more than just this one song. We need to look at all of life through the lens of the Bible and constantly ask ourselves “What does the Bible say about this?”

If you haven’t read the article, you can go to the Christian Leader online and read it here –

http://www.usmb.org/what-god-can-do-matt-61-18

Toward the end of the article is a paragraph that is a great summary of what the Lord’s Prayer teaches us.

“The Lord’s Prayer is the model—direct, succinct, honoring God first, expressing dependence on God for everything in life (daily provision; forgiveness of sin, spiritual strength). Prayer neither manipulates God nor measures our spirituality. Prayer is laying our needs before a loving Father who knows and cares. We trust God; we do not trust in our strength or our faith or our prayer techniques.”

Many people want to approach God in a new, experiential way. We are daily confronted with techniques, different forms of “Spiritual Formation”, and new ways to pray. But as Dr. Geddert says, prayer is not for manipulating God. We do not trust in our prayer techniques. In His Word, the Bible, God gave us everything we need to know. Jesus tells us exactly how we are to pray, and because of his death and resurrection we have the ability to go before God with our prayers of praise and petition. Extra biblical, man-made or pagan ways to approach God are wrong. They go against what we are taught about prayer in the Bible. The Silence, Centering prayer, lectio devina, labyrinths, and other types of spiritual formation are not found in Scripture; they are borrowed from other faiths as a means to experience God. They are nothing like the Lord’s Prayer, the model we are given by Jesus.

Dr. Geddert points out that the song got the title wrong. He reminds us that “it is not about what faith can do, but about what God can do!” Prayer, also, is not about what we can do, but about what God can do. Our job is to glorify God in all that we do, with prayers of praise, asking forgiveness of sins and depending on Him for “everything in life”. What a great and merciful God we have who not only forgives our sins, but takes the responsibility off of us. Whether God answers our prayers is not dependent on us learning new and better ways to pray. We just simply come to Him and He answers.