Praying to Our Sovereign God
Prayer is the heartbeat of the believer’s walk with God. But we sometimes wonder what kind of influence prayer really has. We ask:
1. If the Lord controls all things, why does He want us to pray? God desires toinvolve His children in the work He is doing; through prayer, we can be part of His plansand purposes. Praying regularly also helps us maintain a sense of dependence upon our Father and leads to a deepening intimacy with Him. Furthermore, God desires to bring us into agreement with His will. The more our plans line up with His, the more He is able to accomplish in and through our life. In addition, He knows that answered prayer will grow our faith.
2. Would God’s plans fail if we chose not to pray? God is not subservient to us, so Hisplans are contingent only upon Himself. He works all things after the counsel of His will, not according to our prayers. However, He prompts us to communicate in order to include us in His eternal purposes.
3. Does my failure to pray affect my life or anyone else’s? According to Scripture, some things that God has planned to give will be received only if we ask Him (James 4:2). For example, Jesus did not perform many miracles in His hometown because so few people had the faith to ask (Matthew 13:57-58).
Jesus’ actions illustrate the place prayer ought to have in the believer’s life. Knowing that God was in perfect control of all things, He consistently went to the heavenly Father in prayer. Will you seek to follow Jesus’ example?
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