Every Christian knows we are supposed to pray. In fact, most of us would probably rate prayer as one of the top five things we are supposed to be doing as a believer. Yet many of us have doubt that haunts the back of our minds: “Does this really make any difference?”
Why should we pray? What difference, if any, does prayer make? No question, or answer, could be more important.
Join us as we consider God’s sovereignty over every detail of life, the privilege every Christian enjoys of going to God in prayer, and how the two of these things go together in the wise plan of God.
1) God is working everything according to His own will.
Point to ponder: There is not a planet or a particle of dust that is not under God’s complete and wise control.
Question to consider: Do you live like a good and wise God is ruling this world, even when bad things happen?
2) God has expressed that His will is for us to pray.
Point to ponder: There is not a single place in all of the Bible where God discourages us from praying, from coming to Him in repentance and faith.
Question to consider: What is keeping you from praying more consistently, in light of God’s persistent invitation to come to Him anytime, with anything?
3) God appoints both the end and the means.
Point to ponder: God has allowed you and I the great privilege of working with Him to accomplish His marvelous purposes in this world.
Question to consider: If every one of your prayers this past week were answered today, what would change?
4) This points us back to God, the Gospel, and our dependence.
Point to ponder: The faith that is needed to please God, and effectively pray, is provided by God’s grace.
Question to consider: Have you asked God for help in your prayer life? In your Bible reading? In your fight against sin?