Are you using “Christian speak” out of habit or out of thoughtfulness?

What does that phrase mean?  Have you listened to what you say?  Why did you say that?

As Christians, we tend to have our own insider language.  I have been thinking about this lately.  I post a daily prayer on Facebook and as I typed these prayers out, I started thinking about the words I was using.  We pray these words and say “churchy” things, but what exactly do these words mean?

Consider these “churchy” phrases:

Lead, guide, and direct us.

We’ve all heard these words said in a prayer.  Think about it.  They all mean the same thing!  Why do we feel like we have to be redundant?  Do we think by using more words in our prayer God will be more likely to listen?  I do not believe God works that way.  He hears ALL the prayers of His children.  “God, help me!” is enough.  Or are we just trying to sound good?  Are we being like the Pharisees and doing things for show?  Shouldn’t we keep our prayers simple?

Matthew 6:7-8

Hedge of protection.

Really?!  Do we want a “hedge” around us to protect us?   Rather, why don’t we say, “Protect them?”  That is what we want, right?

The Christian comedian Tim Hawkins has a joke about this, and it’s so funny!

Be with…

God is ALWAYS with us so why are we asking Him to be with people?  It is a generic term.  I guess it makes us feel better.  I prefer to be more specific as in, “Heal Jane of this cancer,” or, “Keep John safe on his trip.”

If you use these phrases in prayer, I do not mean to offend you.

God wants us to pray/talk with him.  He doesn’t expect us to pray perfect prayers.  Because He loves us, he wants us to communicate with Him. We can release all our emotions to him along with all our words, or we can simply cry out with the minimum amount of words.  Our prayers do not have to be flowery or complicated.  Just talk to Him!

However, I think we need to be more aware of what we say or pray.  Sometimes, we pray these words because that is what we hear others say.  It sounds good so we do not give it much thought.  We just repeat what we hear.  Let’s encourage each other to put more thought into our prayers and avoid saying things out of habit.

Do you pray thoughtfully?

What “churchy” phrases have confused you?


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