Think Less, Pray More…Not!


The church sign along Five Forks Trickum Road in suburban Atlanta shouted its message: Think Less, Pray More. I didn’t like it!

I agree we could all spend more time praying. After all, it is one of the essential disciplines of the Christian life. I know I need to pray more. Prayer is good. Prayer is healthy. Prayer is indispensable to Christian growth. We need more prayer; but are we to think less? No!

“Thinking” is not the antithesis to prayer. Rather “thinking” is a part of prayer.   What’s wrong with thinking? It was God who created our minds; I think He wants us to use them. Jesus often presented His disciples with various scenarios and asked them what they thought. The Apostle Paul often wrote expressing what He was thinking. We are told to be transformed by the renewing of our mind—“thinking” is right at the core of that command. The grandest command of all is to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind. It sounds incredibly foolish to have to try to defend the Christian’s responsibility to think.

Steven Koster is insightful when he writes “we are not called to only absorb knowledge, but to use it.”  I am grateful for people like Ravi Zacharias whose ministry, RZIM, actively engages the mind and “seeks to reach and challenge those who shape the ideas of a culture with the credibility and the beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

It is true that the message of the cross of Jesus Christ is perceived as foolishness among those outside the Church, (I Corinthians 1:18), but that doesn’t mean we are to present ourselves as thoughtless fools. “Thinking” should be a cultivated trait in each of our lives. Therefore, if that sign goes up again I just might stop and change it to Think More, Pray More.

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