I have come across many articles that talk about how we meant to be great and to do great things.
That philosophy of self-centeredness has also penetrated Christianity. Many best-selling modern Christian authors talk a lot about how God has a great plan for your life: health and wealth.
Last year a worship leader, who is well-known in the area where I live, said that "As Christians we should not be sick, struggling with our finances. Our lives should be testifying of God's glory: great jobs, wellness, careers, friends, and other things. If we don't have much of these, we are not strong Christians!"
Needless to say, the prayers turned into asking God for things, just like constant requests. People went to various parts of the room and started to pray. Everyone was asking for more things from the Lord: jobs, happiness, health, blessings, children, and good grades. People were talking to God because they needed something from Him.
My soul became vexed. I made a decision to leave that group. It wasn't easy. I enjoyed being a part of that group. Seeing how everyone else was getting their prayers answered. I thought that perhaps my prayers lacked faith, sincerity, intentions, and relationships with God.
I made a decision--I left the choir. I don't think that I will be back. I was a part of that choir for over two years.
However, the more I became involved the more I saw the "Name and Claim it Theology". I tried to point out the mistakes to the choir leader but to no avail. After much prayer, I decided to leave.
It has been several months since I left. I don't regret doing this.
Now I spent more time reading my Bible. As Christians in North America, we forget that our lives belong to God and our prayers should be centered around the Lord.
"For God so loved the World that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life" John 3:16