Competitive praying

Angie said, “why do people think God listens to pastors’ prayers better?”

She said I should write about that. I’m just cranky enough today to do that.

It could be because people love the book of 1 Chronicles where David outlined the job of the Levites:

The duty of the Levites was to help Aaron’s descendants in the service of the temple of the Lord: to be in charge of the courtyards, the side rooms, the purification of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God. They were in charge of the bread set out on the table, the flour for the grain offerings, the unleavened wafers, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size. They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. They were to do the same in the evening and whenever burnt offerings were presented to the Lord on Sabbaths and at New Moon festivals and at appointed feasts.

People figure that it’s our job to pray, we get paid to pray, and so God listens to us better.

reflections on music 2That’s silly.

God doesn’t listen to me more than he listens to you. He doesn’t take my words and put them into a scale and put yours into a scale and say, “Yep, Jon’s are three times as heavy as Helen’s. I’ll listen to Jon.” He doesn’t say, “Yep, Jon’s ordained. I love Reverend praying. It’s way better than little kid praying. Or aching-hearted mother praying. Or Dad with daughter dying praying.”

If you want, you can ask me to talk with God about you. And I’ll do my best to remember. But don’t do it because anything about me counts more.

Because it doesn’t. I’m sure. Go ahead, ask him. He’ll tell you.