We’ve seen one way of exchanging value with God is through confession and repentance. However, this transaction is reactive. It is in response to mistakes we make. It isn’t intentional in that we don’t intentionally sin in order to exchange value with God. There is another way to exchange value with God and it can be done intentionally. It is called prayer.
Simply put, prayer is conversing with God. This should involve not only speaking, but listening as well. What is the reason for conversing with God? Basically, it is done in order for the individual to obtain a value. Whether it is peace of mind, an answer, or a miraculous healing, it all can be summarized as a value to the individual.
That is why most people say prayer is “when you ask God for something”. Now, we know we can’t violate justice in order to get a value from God. So how can we get a value justly from God?
God cannot violate our will in order to give us a value. (God can take a value from us through justice.) Even Jesus asked what their will was when he healed people. In fact, Jesus’ ability to heal people depended on the person’s will and faith.
For instance, Jesus asked a blind man what he wanted. (Mark 10:51) We might say, “It’s obvious the blind man wants to see, why even ask?” If Jesus had tried to heal the blind man and he didn’t want to be healed, Jesus would have been trying to violate his will.
We know he wouldn’t have been healed, because all the successful healings in the Bible occurred after the ailing person expressed their will, in thought, word and/or action, to be healed. Notice, even though God knows our thoughts, He can’t move until we express our will.
Prayer is the expression of our will and takes faith. In order for a prayer to be answered, we must express our will when we converse with God. This means, what we express must be something we have control over or it is witchcraft. If we ask God to do things that violate the will of others, then we are practicing witchcraft. People seem to have a hard time distinguishing between witchcraft and fantasy, especially in stories. Let’s take a moment and look at witchcraft more closely.
While a lot of fictional fantasy stories contain supernatural occurrences, they don’t necessarily contain witchcraft. How can you tell if a story contains witchcraft?
If the story has a character that overrides the will of another in his life, then it is witchcraft. For example, turning another character into an animal or freezing him is something that is done to a person against his will. If the character in question expresses his will over inanimate objects to hinder another person, it is not witchcraft because we are talking about inanimate objects. The will of the other person is free to respond to the inanimate objects. Whether the story glorifies witchcraft or not leads to a different discussion.
Getting back to prayer, is it witchcraft to pray for others? If others ask us to, then they are expressing their will that we pray over their actions. This is not witchcraft. If we pray for inanimate objects or circumstances, then that also is not witchcraft. Think of Elijah or Jesus praying over the weather. But it is witchcraft to pray that someone believes something or does something when he or she is against it. This includes praying for people to get “saved” or healed. How are we supposed to pray?