I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Why Pray if God is in Control?

If God is in control of everything; if God is sovereign and rules all, why should we pray?

While it is true that God is sovereign and rules over all, we must understand that God has ordained not only the "ends" but also the "means" to those ends. God has not only predetermined to bring certain things about, but also He has ordained to accomplish some specific things as a result of the individual prayers of His saints (us). Therefore, we absolutely should pray for specific needs. Let us not forget the teaching of James 4:2 "You do not have, because you do not ask God." (also see 1 Thessalonians 5:17) Further, our God is the God of love and a God of personal relationships. He desires that we be in communion with Him. He wants a close personal relationship with each one of us. How could that be possible without intimate conversation? That alone is reason enough to pray.

Relevant Scripture
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

Be blessed,




Aaron said...

Great article. It reminds me of Matthew 7 - ask, seek knock. God can still be in control, but as you mentioned from James, it is not given until we pray because that draws us into relationship with Him. What a beautiful picture this paints! Thanks for illuminating this truth, Wayne.

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Wayne Weeks said...

Hi Aaron,
Thanks for your kind comments. I apologize for taking so long to get back to you. Somehow I missed your comment until now.
Have a wonderful CHARSTmas!

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