The True Philosophy Of Prayer

Source: Prof. Protus Nathan Uzorma
Click for Full Image Size

In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “Common people do not pray; they only beg.” Reinhold Niebuhr prayed thus, “God give me the serenity to accept things which cannot be changed; give me courage to change things which must be changed; and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.” I want to say here that I have been misunderstood by many of my readers in view of my philosophical and radical cum scholastic approach to many issues. I am a Christian philosopher who do not joke with the name of God the Almighty. A preacher of the good news, one who was sent free from the swamp of satanic manipulations that now enjoys the presence of my savior the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Like Michelangelo, “I live and love in God’s peculiar light,” and like Shakespeare, “Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served my king, he would not in mine age have left me naked to mine enemies.”Therefore I am an ambassador of CHRIST who strictly believes in the great philosophy of love-Christ, but on the other hand, against the credo built in error which has hitherto given rise to many pseudo religions men developed from the teachings of Christ which Christ Himself has not approved.

The misconception of our Lord’s Prayer, together with the biblical

teachings of Christ concerning prayer, have truly turned many Christians to

sacred beggars. Prayer is generally defined as man’s means of communicating

with God. The wrong application of this definition has erroneously conditioned

the thinking of man, where he now positions himself to query, probe and command

His maker – God. So many religious leaders have through their sustained

theological traditions, continued to awaken this error with their artificial

convictions that God will through their barren error have mercy and answer them

one day. This ignoble belief system having been nourished by reading ungrounded

cum emotional Christian literatures have continued to witness the praise of this

Consequent upon the increase in this false view, back to sender has

hitherto become the twin brother of fire for fire and the use of Holy Ghost fire

has continued to enjoy more patronage by those whose spiritual knowledge are

bereft of the esoteric philosophy of prayer. The mass acceptance of error has

conditioned our minds to the extent that we find it difficult to change our

views as to welcome new ideas that are capable of elevating our consciousness to

the higher scale for spiritual survival.
As an Ambassador of Divine Kingdom, hitherto set free from the ignoble religious gloom of the metaphysical empire of the subjective systems, there is no doubt that a personality like me, must be sustained daily by fervent prayer oozing out from me without season. This may be misunderstood by some religious traditionalist who bewail about the daily religious confusion.

The Church-man’s view of this expression is the result of the daily noise makings

in our various congregations. However, I am fully aware of many Christian

literatures that have devoted their time writing on prayer, but regardless of

What anybody or group of people may say, I write from profound experience!

Earthmen, the philosophy of prayer has it that thoughts that are hidden or

unspoken, and unexpressed are not hidden or unknown to the creator of human

race. In my terms, unalloyed desire is prayer, and no loss can occur from

trusting God strongly with our godly desires and good deeds. Now before our desires are exalted and take the forms of words and deeds, they undoubtedly become a reality from a higher spiritual dimension unknown to man. It is consequent upon the above that any desire set in motion by a good Christian, hungering after righteousness, and anchored on good will to benefit humanity; same is blessed by the father of life, and does not return void without attracting

homogeneously the cosmic will of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer cannot change the ultimate will of God! I stand to be corrected

but not from mere emotional perspective. I have seen some people even here in

the so-called white man’s land asking God to be good as well as humbly

imploring him to continue to be God. This neither makes God to react negatively

nor positively. When a Christian urges God to continue to be God and to do good,

it means from the parlance of logic that the fellow contributed in making Him

God and Good. The primordial Lord cannot do more nor less than He has always

done, and all that He has always done are the greatest ever done on earth. He is

not moved by human praise to do things that are not in His agenda.

Yes He does not grant anything on the basis of human praise, for He looks at

the heart and not the lips. Prayer does not forgive sins rather it brightens our

relationship with God, for it is only God who forgives our sins through prayer.

A request for God to save us is not all that is required, the habit of

pleading with God as if one is pleading with human being is an error that

impedes our spiritual growth and turns God to our emotional mate. Father give me

this and that is the daily watchword of many Christians. Some now treat God the

way lawyers are treated, they only remember lawyers when they have problem,

and as a result, they remember God when they have need. This is very wrong! Men too have misconduct themselves while in the presence of God by trying to remind

God of his words as if God can forget any bit of it. Our father is love

personified, can we ask Him to be more? God is intelligent, He is all knowing

therefore, can man his product inform Him of anything He does not already

comprehend? He is Omnipresent; can we recall any thing for Him? Asking God to be good and God, is an error on our various pulpit, for God is the same yesterday,

today and forever. He says, “If you that are evil know how to do good to your children, how much shall your father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask” Matt 7:11.

So is man wiser and knowledgeable than God? Did you ever ask Him to

create someone like you? He who is immutably right will do right without being

reminded. The wisdom of man is total folly before the infinite God. This same

foolishness of man mistaken for wisdom is not sufficient to warrant him in

advising God. O men how empty are your views about the great God! We believe He is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresence, yet we believe we can

command Him and remind Him of things He has forgotten. Each time you are on your kneel, you plead for this and that, ask for this and that with keen expectation

sometimes bereft of faith. Now are you really grateful for the ones already

received? Without being grateful, you are not fit to receive more, because

gratitude is much more than verbal expression of thanks, yes our actions express

more gratitude than speech.
In Isaiah 43:23, the Bible says, “Put me in remembrance…” again in

Isaiah 45: 11, the Bible says, “Command ye me” These various Bible portions

have confused a lot of Christians while those who have graduated in ignorance,

have continued to delay the answers to their prayers by wrongly commanding God.

In another Bible translation the NIV, we find the same portion quoted thus,

“Review the past for me”. Here God is not asking man to review the past for

Him rather He wants man to review the past things He did, so that ones faith can

be advanced to receive more. When the past is reviewed in connection with the

present, one’s faith gets stirred. God does not forget anything for He is not

a man.
Again commanding God is an abuse of spiritual right. How can one command

His maker? God in His infinite power, has commanded many things for man to

control and in turn command same for his noble favour. God had commanded

everything as is evident in verse 12 of the same chapter. We will only avail

ourselves of God’s command in order to command other things. You are hitherto

instructed not to command the lord your God, but to command the works of God,

which He has commanded on your behalf. For this command to be effective and

successful, you must live a holy life. The lord says, “See now that I, even I

am He, and there is no God with me; I kill and I make alive, I wound and I heal,

neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. For I lift up my hand to

heaven, and I say, I live forever” Deut 32:39-40. Now does such God who via

His primordial will caused both the caused and uncaused into motion requires

calling back to His senses or being reminded of anything by a mortal man the clay? My humble answer is no. He is not influenced by our mortal intelligent. The divine ear is not an auditory nerve. He is the all-knowing and all hearing to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied.

The only prayer that will not return void to us, is the prayer of fervent

desire for growth in grace, expressed in practical terms in the language of

patience, meekness, love, and good deeds. The only debt we owe our master is not

to pray always rather to keep his commandment and to follow his noble examples

this is the worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that He has done for us.

Outward worship notwithstanding, is not sufficient to express loyal and

heartfelt gratitude because He says, “If you love me, keep my commandments”.

Keeping God’s commandment is more important than audible prayers amounting to noise making in our various completed and uncompleted buildings. Asking that we may love God will never make us love him, but longing to be better and holier,

expressed in daily watchfulness through the blood of the lamb, and in striving

to assimilate more of the divine character, will mould and fashion us as new

creatures as we also awake in his image and likeness. This is the true philosophy of prayer!

Disclaimer: "The views/contents expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of The Nigerian Voice. The Nigerian Voice will not be responsible or liable for any inaccurate or incorrect statements contained in this article."