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A fresh perspective on prayer — part 2

Modified: Friday, May 3rd, 2013

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” — 1 John 5:14-15

Last week we said from these verses that prayer was “a means of establishing the will of God upon the earth.” We are called to co-labor together with God to see His will come to pass. Some have wrongly concluded that if God is sovereign His will is going to be done in the earth regardless of what the Church does where prayer is concerned. If that were the case, then prayer would be meaningless. Why would Jesus instruct us to pray to the Father, “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10), if His will is going to be done regardless of whether we pray that or not? That would reduce prayer to a disingenuous and patronizing activity, designed merely keep us busy while God did the “real work” of running things down here.

For the complete article see the 05-03-2013 issue.

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