Have you ever noticed how some Christians post their prayers on social media and completely ignore Matthew 6:5-6? But lets not be hypocrites here, every believer no matter what kind ignores plenty of scripture, because lets face it, living by the book 100% is just impossible.
No, what irks me more about that is the idea that somehow by posting their prayers “to God” in public they want to achieve… what?
Lets rephrase and deconstruct that a bit shall we? The interaction with God, the prayer, is being interacted with other people. So either it’s a prayer to God or it’s a message to people.
Because ask any “christian” or even people from other faith’s and you’ll notice that nearly all of them will confirm that prayer is to be done unto God, not other people. Well, there’s always that weirdo sitting in front of church of course…
Then why is it that Christians do this? Why do you so often see some “defender of the faith” taking on the internet trying to win an argument by obnoxiously stating their beliefs and finishing that of with a nice big fat “AMEN”?
It’s not like their statements get more validity that way right?
No it’s not that either, there is something about posting a “prayer” that is cringe worthy and a bit hypocritical. And it’ll usually come from the same people who post those flowery and quaint pictures with scripture on it along the lines of “a prayer a day keeps the devil away”…(for the theists among you: that’s not how that works btw)
The interaction of posting a prayer is more likely to be a false way to either:
1: “Win” an argument with a non argument
2: Gain approval and favor from fellow believers
3: Tell people what you think is right
4: Get attention
5: Christian slacktivism
6: Showboating (self-)righteousness
I’ve noticed this at prayer meetings as wel (that was back when I used to attend those gatherings of awkwardness). Some poor girl praying her heart out telling God she was so grateful for her parents accepting her for who she is. While she was sitting right next to them. And sure that might be a little ironic it’s also absolutely beautiful, humanity showing one of it’s more humane sides.
But in a way I do feel bad for her, she was raised in a way that this was the norm. Why do we have people who feel so locked in their beliefs that they can’t just flat out say what’s on their hearts? Why did the christian culture evolve into something where prayer has become a vessel for our communications to other people when according to “our beliefs” it’s supposed to be an interaction with God exclusively?
So tell people what you want to tell them, and do it directly. Trust me if you start doing that, you might even cut down the church gossip in half.
Pray to your God, and do so privately. You’ll be less confronted with people knowing too much about you, or even taking advantage of such information.
If I may even may raise the challenge a bit higher, do it like you mean it.
Say what’s on your heart even if it’s less holy.
Don’t pretend with your God, after all, he’s supposed to know every nook and cranny of who you are.
And for the love of keeping your souls hinders out of the eternal frying pan, keep your prayers of the internet.