People have many thoughts about God and many are not necessarily true. If Tozer's statement is correct and our thinking about God is wrong, then the most important thing about us is just as wrong. Basic reasoning about God can lead us to live in fear and guilt, tempting others to think about God in the same way.
What we think about prayer says a lot about what we think about God. If we think that prayer egg is the tool to get something from God, our view of God is reduced to a heavenly wish box. If we try to do business with God, God will become our trader who is open to negotiation and who does not keep agreements and promises. If we look at prayer for some kind of appeasement and reconciliation, then God is petty and arbitrary and must be satisfied with our offer before he does anything for us. All of these views bring God down to our level and reduce him to someone who has to think and act as we do - a God made in our image. Another belief about prayer is when we do (correct) pray, we would release God's power in our life and in the world. Apparently we hold God back and even block Him from acting if we don't pray properly or if sin stands in our way. This thought not only paints a strange picture of a god in chains, which is held in check by more powerful forces, but it is also a great burden on our shoulders. We are responsible if the person we have prayed for is not healed and it is our fault if someone has a car accident. We feel responsible if the things that we want and desire do not occur. The focus is no longer on God, but on the prayers and changes prayer into a selfish endeavor.
The Bible speaks about disabled prayer related to marriage (1 Peter 3,7), but not to God, but to us, because it is often difficult for us to pray because of our emotions. God does not wait for us to say the right prayers so that he can act. He is not the father who withholds good things from his children until they have spoken the "magic word", just as a father waits to hear "please" and "thank you" from his child. God loves to hear our prayers. He hears and acts with each and every one of us, regardless of whether we get the answer we want or not.
As we grow in our knowledge of God's grace, so does our view of Him. As we learn more about him, we need to be careful not to interpret everything we hear about him as the ultimate truth, but to test statements about God, the truth of the Bible. It is important to be aware that false assumptions about God predominate in popular and Christian culture and disguise themselves as alleged truths.
God loves to hear our prayers. He does not care if we use the right words. He gave us the gift of prayer so that we could come into contact with him, through Jesus, in the Holy Spirit.
by Tammy Tkach