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1st October 2011
The whole question of prayer can be puzzling! After all isn't God almighty? Is He not absolutely independent of everything outside Himself? Does He not determine everything after the counsel of His own will?
So how can prayer influence God? Is it possible He can be moved by prayer to do something He otherwise would not do? Isn't the only real benefit of prayer simply the influence it exerts on us?
Certainly these are reasonable, logical, if a bit cynical questions AND YET… amazingly, Jesus, the Son of God, points us in a different direction!
Jesus talked a lot about prayer and encouraged His disciples to pray. Many of His teachings contain startling promises to encourage us to believe prayer is very effective.
Jesus taught us to persevere and persist in prayer until the end is achieved. Jesus Himself prayed a lot! There are 21 recorded incidents of Jesus praying. If nothing else this should tell us prayer IS important; it does make a difference; it is worth the effort!
Prayer is not an empty exercise. It is part of God's sovereign plan that redeemed men and women have the power to influence life – their lives; their family's life; their church's life; their city's life; their nation's life – through their prayers!
Reading: Luke 18:1-8
Next Prayer Meeting: Tuesday at 12.30pm
John Groves will be speaking at King's Church Hastings tonight at 7pm and tomorrow at 10am and 7pm, with worship lead by Phatfish.
Posted by John Groves