Many Christian people fail to pray acceptably. They indulge their wills, earnestly praying that God will lead; yet all the while determined that He shall lead according to their desires, even if contrary to His revealed will. Then, when faced with the written Word, they say: "But I have prayed much about it." They even challenge God, like the young woman who justified herself for entering into an unequal marriage vow by saying: "I asked the Lord if this wasn't His will just to hinder it somehow." Such misuse of prayer is worse than superstition; it is sacrilege, for the young woman should have known (probably did know) that the written Word had already condemned what she wanted, prayed about and got.
Then too, there is much superstition among God's people with respect to prayer. How readily some believers "feel led," seek for "inner promptings" or listen for that "still small voice" in answer to their prayers! They say: "The Lord told me" this or that, or "The Spirit whispered to me" or "I could just hear Him saying." When such remarks are made to this writer he usually inquires further into the details and invariably learns that no voice was heard at all, but that the speaker merely took some feeling or impression to be, in some mystic way, a direction from the Lord.
God does speak to us through His Word, even when some incident or circumstance emphasizes the truth of His Word,
but with the Word complete He no longer speaks to us by visions or even by still small voices, and the instructed believer will be careful not to depend upon "inner promptings," knowing that by nature "the heart is deceitful above
all things." (Jer. 17:9).