I know the title may somewhat throw you off. Craze is an abnormal, anomaly, perhaps unique. To drive this title home, I’ll start with two stories that illustrate this. There was a man once in prayer. He was making motorbike sounds. That is crazy right? Everyone around him would have been looking at this guy thinking “what an idiot”.
Our first story does not stand in isolation. The bible tells us about Hannah being in prayer.
1 Samuel 1
14 So Eli said to her, “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!”
The priest, in this case, saw her actions but did not know the cause of it. And it turns out that his assessment of the situation was off as well. She was not drunk.
How many times do we reach a conclusion about people without enough information to rationalise our conclusion? There could have been many explanations for what Eli was seeing, yet drunkenness was the first to come to mind. She was in a place of worship. Surely there can be other explanations for what she was doing?
Our third story is somewhat comical. It has it that there were two men in prayer. One was animated and noisy, in such a way that it was disrupting the other man from praying. Once the disrupted man discovered what it was that the first man was praying for, he proceeded to give it to him. He then asked him to leave so he could continue his prayer. I don’t know who the real winner was in this one. The first man got what he was praying for. The second man got a better place to pray in. Both were winners.
The common theme in all three stories, perhaps clearer in the first two is that you do not owe the man an explanation for your prayer. Neither should you be attempting to match someone’s prayer. There were men and women eating when queen Esther went into a time of prayer. They would not have understood why she was giving up these finer things. Yet she was raised for such a time as this. She was raised for a time when the Lord’s people would need a prayerful woman in a position of power.
Another way to look at it is that we are not all running from or towards the same things. Our speed will be determined by what is chasing us or what we are running towards. This is why your craze in prayer does not need to be explained to anyone.
It is between you and God. Never be ashamed to pray as your situation warrants. They do not understand where God has brought you from. Your loud praise may be a replacement to the loud wailing that was before it. No one understands the way you were before the Lord turned your mourning into dancing.
You are surrounded by great men and women who had that craze in prayer about them. The bible says David became undignified in praise. It goes on to tell us that he was willing to take it further when his queen disapproved. She didn’t see the God who pulled him from the paddocks.
She was not there when he dodged spears while knowing he had been anointed a king. She was not there when he faced bears or when he fought Goliath. David understood where he was coming from, just as you will. Don’t wait for others to understand you. They may never get to that point. Yet, your prayer should go on unhindered by these things.
We are not praying for the same things. Hold onto that.
The other side of this is that we are praying to God, not to man. Our actions should not be influenced by those around us. Our reward comes from above.
16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the [b]hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you [c]openly.
When your action in prayer or in praise are done to be noticed or acknowledged by people, there is your reward. Your father sees in secret and will reward you openly.