Widely reported in the news media this last week has been the report of a Planned Parenthood group’s “prayer” effort:
Here, we have an appropriate example of the abuse of Christian prayer. This molestation of prayer is a natural for these people who support the needless and wanton destruction of preborn human life, by their support of a taxpayer funded group which launders that money into blood money, for abortionists who exterminate human baby life within mothers’ wombs. This (bogus) effort of prayer by this California Planned Parenthood affiliate group is sham and hypocrisy. Their prayers will not reach the Triune God. Rather, God is angry with such sinners. Psalm 7:11
What is “bogus prayer?”
I am reminded of Shakespeare’s, “Hamlet.” Hamlet’s father was the king until his brother (Hamlet’s uncle) murdered him to take over the Throne. Starkly reminded and haunted of his murderous sin, the king (Hamlet’s uncle) rushed into his chamber and attempted to pray. As he looked up, he (pathetically and, correctly) exclaimed:
“…..My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; words without thoughts, never to heaven go.”
Need it be said that the usurping king in Shakespeare’s Hamlet could not legitimately offer true prayer because he had blood on his hands and did not repent of his treacherous actions, against God’s Commandments and against his fellowman?
In short – this (aforementioned) Planned Parenthood group is abusing the privilege of prayer, and increasing God’s loathsome displeasure (anger) of them Psalm 7:8-17 - see, especially Psalm 7:11.
See, also the two informational links about prayer:
Prayer is often misunderstood
Perhaps, the most confusing and misunderstood concept about [Christian] prayer, is what people often say. They will often talk about the “the power of prayer.” They have an anticipated and favorable outcome to their prayers, and instead of thanking God who grants the answers to their prayers, they will often attribute their prayers for the positive outcome. Hence, they are (in a sense) patting themselves on the back for praying and getting others to pray for what they requested.
It is the true God who answers prayer
It is not because one prays unselfish prayers with a sincere heart that the Triune God answers those prayers. It is strictly because of God’s grace and mercy that He does so. Genuine prayer to the true God cannot be made because of the virtue or goodness of the one seeking, because we are all sinners by birth (nature) and practice before Almighty holy God. Genuine prayer is prayer offered because of Christ the Savior. Prayer in His Name is what makes for proper prayer. Not prayers which would depend upon our own graces. See the topical message:
Also - See:
It does no good to pray with blood upon one’s hands - Isaiah 59:1-14
It is fruitless to pray when one has blood upon his hands. The historical account of King David and his sins of murder and adultery specifically illustrate this truth. It took the prophet, Nathan, to reach King David with the message that he was guilty before God of shedding innocent blood. [2 Samuel 12:1-14] King David’s prayers of confession [Psalm 6:1-10 ; Psalm 32:1-11 ; Psalm 38:1f - Psalm 40:1f ; Psalm 51:1f] are testimony to the reality that he needed cleansing of his sins [2 Samuel 11:2-5 ; 2 Samuel 11:6-25] before he could again approach God.
Genuine prayer is listening to God
Perhaps, the most misunderstood about prayer, is that it is a one way street. Many prayers by Christians are a waste of their time and energy because those same Christians either did not read or understand what they read, in God’s divine revelation, the Scriptures. Praying without being obedient to God, is only a foolish and fruitless exercise of futility.
God will not listen when prayer is uttered by the hypocritical and unrepentant:
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear." - Psalm 66:18
Note also: Isaiah [in context] - Isaiah 59:2 ; Matthew 15:8-9 ; 1 Peter
To you non Christians:
The Triune God will not hear your prayers. He hears the prayers of His children. [Matthew 7:7-11] See also:
You may think that because you are sorry for your many sins that God will hear you. Judas, who betrayed Christ, was also sorry. Your sorry must have contrite legs – such as the sorry (repentance) of the Apostle Peter when He denied Christ. No “sinner’s prayer” can save you from God’s just sentence and eternal punishment upon your soul because of your many sins against God and your fellowman.
The only way that God will eventually hear and answer your prayers is that you come to God by faith, in full recognition that you are a damnable sinner. You need to put true faith in Christ the Savior and be baptized. [John 3:14-21] It is Christ who died for your sins and rose from death to not only purchase for you, God’s forgiveness of your sins, but also eternal life with Him in heaven, rather than eternal damnation in hell.
Sinner – may you come by way of the Cross of Christ. May you do everything you humanly can to pull your attention away from yourself and your selfish pursuits and fix your attention on what God has done for you, in the historical person of Christ! And, may God in His grace grant you true repentance and faith so that you can genuinely pray, not pathetic prayers, but prayers of genuine substance.
Prayer Is the Soul's Sincere Desire:
Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, unuttered or exprest,the motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast.
Prayer is the burden of a sign, the falling of a tear,the upward glancing of an eye, when none but God is near.
Prayer is the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try; prayer the sublimest strains that reach the Majesty on high. - TLH - 1941;
Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simpleworship format:
Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins
Related Scriptures To the Above Message
Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
Please note: Topical Messages, by subject
Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel
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