Wasted Prayer: New Book from International Justice Mission Staffer Calls Christians to Stop Praying and Start Doing
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NASHVILLE, July 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire
/ -- Greg Darley, leader of International Justice Mission's College Mobilization team, will release his first book Wasted Prayer on July 8th via Thomas Nelson. Its message, while seemingly provocative, directs Christians to the heart and true purpose of prayer.
We are to stop praying about the things God has already commanded us to do… and just do them.
Prayer is not just a transaction. It's a relationship marked by obedience. Only when we break free from a cycle of religiosity, in which prayer is a reaction to our circumstances, do we enter a fruitful relationship characterized by discipleship. In this relationship, prayer is good. But in the religiosity, prayer is often procrastination. It's an excuse. It's a prison sentence that keeps us locked in "safe" inaction.
The Bible makes it clear, stretching from Abraham to John the Baptist and Peter, that there are times when prayer can actually be sinful. James says that faith without works is dead, and the great heroes of Christianity understood that God had given them clear commands demanding clear action.
Darley explains that the truth is, sometimes when you think you're praying, you're really just procrastinating. And when you think you're asking that God's will be done, you're really telling him no. In times that call for action, prayer can be disobedience in disguise. Wasted Prayer uncovers the ways we use prayer to dodge responsibility for the work God has assigned us.
With gut-level biblical exposition and a no-pretense challenge, Darley calls Christians to get off their knees and off their butts in order to explore what true obedience looks like.
Wasted Prayer asks readers the hard questions: What would your life look like if you stopped praying about God's will and just did it instead? How would your church look if it spent as much time serving as it spent praying about serving?
Darley writes, "Following Jesus has always been about action. If there's no action in your life, you aren't following Jesus. It's impossible to be a disciple and stay still. When Jesus called the disciples to follow him, they literally walked behind him. If they had stayed where they were, they wouldn't have become his disciples. Being a disciple, in essence, means acting."
Wasted Prayer is a call to start living like a Christian, instead of just praying like one.