Breaking News Bar
posted: 5/18/2014 5:01 AM

Letter about prayer posed good questions

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 

As one who values prayer and has participated in the National Day of Prayer for years, I was happy to see Colin Barr's letter on May 8. Mr. Barr has touched on some issues of prayer even Christians have grappled with for centuries now. I appreciate that he is thinking these issues through enough to put them into writing and post them in the Herald.

First, for Christians prayer is an act of loving humility. Because Christianity is a restored relationship with the creator, the living God, through Christ, prayer is a way to show loving reverence for and dependence upon our creator -- the one in whom "we live and move and have our being."

Prayer is worship, and also acknowledges our dependence on God for everything. God's children are invited to pray, and he promises to hear us and to answer us according to his good pleasure. This leads to another of Mr. Barr's points, that if "this deity is all-loving, all-knowing and all-powerful, won't the deity always know the absolute best course of action to take? Won't the deity always follow that most perfect course?" So, why pray and request anything at all?

This is an excellent question. The Bible teaches that God is sovereign and does whatever he pleases, and yes, we believe he always acts according to his all-loving, all-knowing, all-powerful nature. But he also calls believers to "pray without ceasing."

Like so many issues of faith, there is great mystery in this. The scriptures teach that while we will never manipulate God through our prayers and he is hardly dependent on them, he does choose to use the prayers of his people to accomplish many of his good purposes and delights to do so.

Nancy Mau

Buffalo Grove

Share

Interested in reusing this article?

Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.

The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.

Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Name * Company Telephone * E-mail *

Message (optional)

Success - Reprint request sent Click to close
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here