Confessions of a Prayer Slacker
Diane Moody writes in an easy, witty style that engages the reader. But she also gets to the point so it’s not merely fluff. I liked her writing style in Confessions of a Prayer Slacker:
Do you know why God created humans in the first place? I mean, stop and think about it for a moment. He’s God. He can have or create anything in the heavens He wants. I’m sure the holy refrigerator is packed solid with cartons of Blue Bell ice cream—times a million. All those amazing flavor combinations minus the calories and fat grams, of course. After all, we are talking about heaven here, amen? Then again, heaven is so far beyond our comprehension that to yearn for earthly things like ice cream is kind of silly. Even Blue Bell’s Banana Pudding ice cream or Blackberry Cobbler ice cream probably tastes bland in comparison to the phenomenal foods that await us in heaven. There will be food in heaven, right? Please tell me there will be food. Anyone?
Here’s the point. God needs only to think it, and anything He needs and wants is at His disposal. So He certainly didn’t need us, which can only mean one thing: He must have wanted us. Diane Moody, Confessions of a Prayer Slacker
Confessions of a Prayer Slacker offers advice for how to establish and maintain a daily quiet time. On one hand, I acknowledge there are some helpful tips here. On the other hand, I disagreed with some of her basic premises. As I wrote in Devotion Explosion: Getting Real with God, I disagree with the idea of having a daily appointment with God, not that we shouldn’t spend time with God, but it should be a matter of desire rather than discipline.
I used to think it didn’t matter what time of day you set aside to meet with the Lord so long as you do it. Now I know better. The later in the day, the more likely the interruptions and distractions. But what finally changed my thinking was this realization: Did I really want to give God the leftover crumbs of my day? He deserves the best. Diane Moody, Confessions of a Prayer Slacker
I can’t blame the author. She’s merely spouting the old familiar line passed on from one Christian to another. But If I’m going to give God the best of my time, I’ll give it to Him between 10pm and 2am. That’s when I’m at my best and brightest.
My point is that many of the things we are often taught about prayer are not in the Bible at all. They are merely rules passed on to discipline us to do what we don’t naturally desire. I’d suggest it’s better to cultivate desire and let the rules go.
That’s not to say the book doesn’t have value. I think she expounds on a number of helpful spiritual truths such as the Names of God, or the excuses we give for not spending time with God. Confessions of a Prayer Slacker was an enjoyable read and I’d still give it four stars.