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Prayer is not a last resort

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I'm not a big fan of catch phrases. In fact, I used to date a girl that spoke mostly in clichés and now I cringe every time I hear one. "It's a two way street." "All is fair in love and war." "Every cloud has a silver lining." Wow...it even hurts to type those. It is like people have just stopped trying to be creative and original.

More recently, I find myself reacting similarly to spiritual clichés. "It's a God thing." Really? When it comes down to it, though, isn't everything a God thing? Also, I have little patience for any phrase that includes the word "thee." Jesus didn't speak old English, there's no reason for you to do so.

Finally, the top spot in my Christian cliché pet peeve list goes to "all we can do now is pray." I understand this may be a bit sensitive since most people only say this in dire situations. In fact, I heard it several times while I was on lockdown during the scary situation down in Berea on Monday. I understand the sentiment, I really do. However, hearing this phrase truly makes my soul ache. "Why?", you ask. Think about it. If you have a direct line to the Creator of absolutely everything, the Holy One, the Almighty God, WHY WOULD THAT EVER BE YOUR LAST RESORT?

By saying "all we can do now is pray," you are inferring that praying is the only thing you have not tried. You are saying that you have attempted all other options first. So if you have said this, I would argue that you are going about solving your problems in backward order. Now, I'm not saying you shouldn't put effort into solving your problems. You should take sick people the doctor. You should ask other people for help. You should work hard to improve your situation in any way that you are able. However, you should be praying before, during, and after any actions that you take to solve a problem...especially one that could be harmful or life changing.

Prayer allows us to turn over our fears to the One who can truly make a difference. Prayer is essential for us to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to do our best in dealing with problems. Prayer should never be our last option...it is our only option. Think about it.

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