If were honest with ourselves, our prayer lives are anything but relational and more akin to children throwing tantrums when they don’t get their way, or 3 wishes from our genie in a bottle.
We talk about our faith being a personal relationship with God, who’s intimacy and love overwhelms us and as a result, our lives change as an overflow of that love. But in reality, our time with him consists mainly of one way conversations where we come to him like a demanding toddler, asking for things to make “our kingdoms come,”not his. We ask for this, we desire that, then slap Jesus’ name on at the end.
Honestly ask yourself [I will too!] how often you come to him, like Jesus did, simply to be with him and enjoy his company-not because of what we want or even because of what he deserves [out of duty] but because we so desperately long to just be in Gods presence and enjoy his company?
The ugly reality is I didn’t even see it in myself; I’d been ignorantly blinded by my relational sin towards God. Then this book landed in my lap.
The last two weeks have looked like ugly tears, frantic tantrums and desperate cries for God to change me, like only he can, through the transformational power of the Holy Spirit. I am just learning, just scratching the surface, of what it actually looks like to pray to our papa father and it feels REAL- for the very first time.
The Papa Prayer has torn me apart, turned me on my heard and created in me an unveiled desire to see myself as I truly am and present myself the way God wants me to, not how I think I should or how preacher Joe tells me I should pray.
I journeyed through a frank, deep and vulnerable conversation of prayer culture, not only from a personal perspective, but also from a dissected view at the Western Christian society.
“Like millions of Christians, Dr. larry Crabb has always considered his prayer life a weakness – “dull, intense only in crisis, occasionally meaningful and passionate but mostly lifelessly routine.” But for everyone who struggles to pray in a way that matters, who is bored with prayer and doesn’t know where else to turn, this groundbreaking book whispers of hope for change.
Something new and real and deep started happening in him, Crabb says, when he began practicing the four steps of what he calls the PAPA prayer – a revolutionary conversational approach to talking with and enjoying God. As this fellow seeker shares his journey and education in the mysteries of prayer, he guides us to see ourselves and God in a different light . . . which will alter the way we talk – and listen – to Him.”
Don’t walk, RUN and grab a copy. Simply put, the best money you’ll invest….ever. It’s the prayer you’ve NEVER prayed.