O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You. 2 Chronicles 20:12 (NKJV)

Karl Marx, the Communist philosopher of the last century, sarcastically referred to religion as “the opium of the people.” Christians obviously refute such tainted logic, but in practice we tend to treat prayer in a similar vein.

Prayer too often is seen as a last resort, a divine escape hatch if all else fails. We turn all the knobs, pull all the strings, exhaust all our resources—and then begrudgingly turn to prayer if what we do does not work.

Prayer is a divine management tool that can be availed, regardless of the nature of our predicament. But why don’t we always view prayer as such? PRIDE. We do not want to admit our dependence on Christ. How BLIND we are; how twisted is our notion of prayer. God offers us His help, and we, in our human haughtiness, turn Him down.

God wants you to lean on HIM. He longs to work on your behalf, to guide you and help you. Prayer is His divine provision. Should you ignore God’s helping hand?

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