“One of the subtlest hinderances to prayer is probably the most pervasive. In the broader culture and in our churches, we prize intellect, compentency, and wealth. Because we can do life without God, praying seems nice but unnecessary. Money can do what prayer does, and it is quicker and less time-consuming. Our trust in ourselves and in our talents makes us structurally independent of God. As a result, exhortations to pray don’t stick.”
Paul Miller (A Praying Life, p. 16) NavPress 2009
Paul Miller’s thoughts remind me of a Scripture that, sometimes, causes me to ponder:
” . . . Has God not chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith . . .?” James 5:2
I used to ask myself if I had to choose, would I rather be rich in material goods, or in faith. They were pretty uncertain times for us. I would surely have understood this quote at that time. Money IS quicker. Today, still, with a little trembling, I choose faith. I choose God.
He hasn’t always been predictable. He has ALWAYS been faithful.