Even if all the things that people prayed for happened which they do not this would not prove what Christians mean by the efficacy of prayer. For prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted. And if an infinitely wise Being listens to the requests of finite and foolish creatures, of course He will sometimes grant and sometimes refuse them. Invariable success in prayer would not prove the Christian doctrine at all. It would prove something more like magic a power in certain human beings to control, or compel, the course of nature.
My husband sent me an electronic newsletter the other day which contained that quote and it got me to thinking about prayer and how we view it as Christians.
I've seen a growing trend which alarms me greatly and I fear that many Christians erroneously border on/cross over into the realm of "magic" when it comes to prayer. This was something God brought to my attention a number of years ago and we must be very careful. I have the "right" to come boldly before the throne of grace with my requests but it is up to God how He responds. I am merely the child bringing my request before the Father! What sort of parent grants every single request of their child? A bad one!
I am glad that God answers prayers as He sees fit for if He answered them my way, I am sure it would be an awful mess! It is impossible for me to see beyond my own nose let alone the whole picture. I guess it once again all boils down to faith. Will we trust God even if our world gets smashed to bits and we are left looking down at the broken pieces? I believe we need to strive to have that kind of faith. I believe that God is good and I will trust Him... even when "my world" is being ripped apart by health issues, financial issues, relationship issues or whatever. Do you?
I'll say it again, Sister K-no is an answer-He knows us better than ourselves! I have come to be content with no! Thank you for sharing of the fact that we need to be humble and sincere when praying! God answeres-His way! Hallelujah! God Bless you and your family richly! Dave
I think you are right I myself used to get angry when God didn't give me what I wanted, And then i grew up and realized that God because he loves me will only give and do what is best for me because he loves me! He not some genie who gives you what you want, no matter the consequences. how aweful would it be if God said yes, when he shoul say no? Have a blessed day.-Robin