Just as underestimating certain factors can lead to prayerlessness, so can overestimating certain perceptions about ourselves.
Overestimate the Following And Prayerlessness will be More Likely
- If we overestimate our own ability to deal with life, we’ll be less likely to pray at every turn.
Though we’re finite human beings, we sometimes act like we know it all and can do it all. Self-reliance leads to prayerlessness. When, however, we truly understand our own limitations and God’s great wisdom and power, that He’s the Infinite One, we’ll tend to pray more. When we understand how much we need Him, we’ll humble ourselves and turn to Him in prayer, yielding control and trusting Him.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.(Prov. 3:5-6)
Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (Jn. 15:5)
- If we overestimate our own goodness, we’ll tend to pray less.
We don’t like to admit that we are fallen, depraved people. Yet, the Bible says, “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one” (Rom. 3:10-12). We will often be motivated and guided by self-inflation which skews what we do. When we truly understand how much we need God’s grace and mercy in our lives, we’ll tend to pray more. When we truly grasp how our thoughts and ways are not as high as God’s (Isa. 55:9), we’ll realize we aren’t good enough to make proper decisions and we’ll seek God’s guidance and power.
Notice the emboldened words above. When we overestimate ourselves, we have less need for God. If we don’t need God, we won’t sense a need to pray. It’s only when we come to an end of ourselves that we turn to God in prayer. But after we regain our footing, if we aren’t careful and alert (1 Pet. 4:7), we’ll all too quickly return to our self-reliance and self-inflation, once again leading to prayerlessness.