If You Will Ask
Get a Glimpse of Deep Prayer in If You Will Ask
"Prayer changes things," we say. Oswald Chambers would modify that phrase to "prayer changes me," and then I change things.
In If You Will Ask, a small but powerful book on prayer, Chambers reveals the key problem with the way many of us pray today. That is, we focus our prayers on ourselves instead of on God. The purpose of prayer is not to get healed, get a job, get our house sold, or get whatever else we want. It is to get "the life of God in us."
"If we look on prayer as a means of developing ourselves, there is nothing in it at all, and we do not find that idea in the Bible. Prayer is other than meditation; it develops the life of God in us. When a man is born from above, the life of the Son of God begins in him, and he can either starve that life or nourish it. Prayer nourishes the life of God. Our Lord nourished the life of God in Him by prayer. He was continually in contact with His Father. We generally look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical idea of prayer is that God's holiness, purpose, and wise order may be brought about. Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament."
Oswald Chambers, If You Will Ask
Our me-centered culture has infiltrated our prayer life. We suffer from what Chambers calls "a disease of the nerves taking a spiritual twist." Our relative affluence has left us foolishly self-sufficient and complacent. If our only reason to pray is for our own needs, and if we are pretty well meeting our own needs, why pray?
Chambers tells us why in If You Will Ask. He shows us what we are missing when we don't have the life of God in us.