By Carol A. Davis
Was just thinking about this the other day: I think Charismatics see prayer as something totally different from other denominations do. They don’t really see it as asking God for something. They picture it as some kind of spiritual force, like emitting an “energy.” They would never call it that, because it would sound occultic, but that’s exactly what it is.
That’s why they think the more you pray, and the “deeper you go into the Spirit” the more it will accomplish. That’s why they think it’s better if as many people are praying as possible, that the more and longer and “harder” you pray, more will happen. For instance, years ago there was a popular “Christian” book called This Present Darkness, and it was a suspense story with angels and demons as characters that narrated the spiritual activity going on in the background. There was a scene where one of God’s angel asks another, “Why don’t we do something?” (about whatever bad situation was happening). The other angel says, “We can’t. There’s nobody praying.” Entire sermons were preached about this book, despite the fact the author said it was just fiction and he did not intend it to be taken that seriously. It was a perfect example of how they think, that the angels can’t even do anything without them.
We need to go back to the purpose of prayer as taught by Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Lord, let your kingdom come, let your will be done in this or that situation, give me this day, my daily bread, forgive my sins, forgive my enemies, lead me to overcome temptation and deliver me from evil.
That ought to do it!