McLean Bible Church Pastor David Platt recently answered some common questions about prayer and highlighted how God uses the prayers of his children for the good of His people and ultimately, for His glory in the world.
During the Secret Church event held at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C., Platt acknowledged that many Christians struggle to pray because they don’t understand how their prayers fit with the purposes of a sovereign God.
“Does prayer change God’s mind? And does prayer change anything, for that matter?” Platt asked. “If God is sovereign, if God’s in control of all things, and all of God’s promises will come to pass, then why pray?”
To answer that question, one must know four things about God, he said: The perfections of God are unchanging; the purposes of God are unchanging; God’s promises are unchanging, and the plans of God are unfolding.
“God has designed prayer to be a powerful means by which we participate in His plans in the world,” he said. “God brings about a remarkable change in the world in response to the prayers of His people. When we pray, God acts. Our prayers affect the way God acts in the world.”
The Radical author pointed to Exodus 8:13, which reads: “God did according to the word of Moses.”
“God did according to the word of man,” he said. “What a testimony to prayer. Prayer is an invitation to join with God in effectively shaping the course of history … through prayer, God has called you and me not to watch history, but to shape history for the glory of His great name. That’ll change the way you pray.”
Believers must pray, he said, because we have an assignment we cannot fulfill: “None of us can be [who] God has called us to be on our own,” he explained. “This is the way it’s designed to be … it’s a massive moment when we realize we can’t do anything without God’s help. This drives us to pray.”
“We pray because we have a privilege we cannot forsake,” he said. “We pray because we have a family we cannot forget, and we pray because we have a God we cannot fathom.”
When we fail to pray, we essentially say we’re content with “little knowledge of God’s glory,” Platt warned, adding that we can’t help but “become like what we behold.”
God saves His people, he explained, so that they might “seek His face in worship.”
But because God is holy, we must be contrite — and not casual — when we approach Him: “Sin is no small thing in the sight of a Holy God,” he warned, adding that the “propensity to sin is strong, and the punishment for sin is severe.”
Seeking God is a choice that “each of us has,” Platt said, adding: “Do you want to live in the pursuit of God, or do you want to die not pursuing God?”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett