I finally was able to finish “Wasted Prayer” by Greg Darley and upon completion, had mixed feelings about the book.
When I had begun reading it, honestly the title had thrown me off, but then again, a book that is designed to provoke discussion and encourage thinking, usually would do that, wouldn’t it? The trouble I found with reading “Wasted Prayer” by Greg Darley is that this is a book that initial seemed a bit conflicted starting off and left me wondering, if one was new to Christ…how would the content of the book come across to them and without a biblical understanding of prayer and how Christ has provided us as examples, how would those who are either new to the faith or maturing take the book?
From a doctrinal standpoint, I disagree with the idea that prayer could be seen as a form of disobedience or as the publisher summation of the book went, ” The truth is, sometimes when you think you’re praying, you’re really just procrastinating. And when you think you’re asking that God’s will be done, you’re really telling him no. In times that call for action, prayer can be disobedience in disguise.”.
This brought about the concern that it shows the Christian prayer in a negative factor that actually contradicts what biblical prayer is really all about and can maybe discourage than help growing Christians who are encouraged to come to God in prayer.
Although Abraham, that is used as an example, often “did”, he also often jumped ahead of what God actually intended and in the process, made mistakes that went contrary to what God originally intended, not to say that God can’t and still could use things to His glory.
“Wasted Prayer” is a book to be read with not only great discernment, but like all things….with the Bible close at hand, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that Greg Darley clearly wants to encourage readers to live a life that isn’t just based on prayer but also based on making actions in their lives. However, we need to remember, that God doesn’t always answer in the way we would want Him to or answer at all.