Prayer Tip #54: How to Ward Off Cynicism

[From Lauris Shepherd, one of our Elders]

In his book A Praying Life (I recommend it to you), Paul Miller states the opposite of a childlike spirit of trust is a cynical spirit. He points out that cynicism along with defeated weariness questions the goodness of God, or at least His willingness to act on our behalf.

Do you struggle with believing that God really does hear your prayers and will answer?

“Our personal struggles with cynicism and defeated weariness are reinforced by an increasing tendency toward perfectionism in American culture. Believing you have to have the perfect relationship, the perfect children, or a perfect body sets you up for a critical spirit, the breeding ground for cynicism.”
– Miller

How to ward off cynicism?

  • Get to know God as He is.
    Heb. 11:6 …He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
  • Hope in the Lord.
    Rom. 10:11 …whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.
  • Humble yourself and approach Him with a childlike spirit.
    I Pet. 5:5 …clothe yourselves with humility… God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
  • Have a spirit of thankfulness.
    I Thess. 5:17-18 Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.
  • Ask God for the gift of ongoing repentance.
    Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, … in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord..
  • Keep looking for Jesus happenings in everyday life.
    Psalm 23:4 …for You are with me…

Our only hope is to follow Jesus as He leads us out of cynicism.


For more information on the GBC Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/ministries/prayer-team.
For more information on GBC, visit begrace.org.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s