Does prayer make a difference?
How do we reconcile the changeless God described in Scripture with the responsive God also described in the Bible?
NT indicates that our prayers do make a difference:
Matthew 7:7—ask and it will be given
James 4:3—you do not have, because you do not ask God.
James 5:15—the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well
James 5:16—the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective
1 Peter 3:12—the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer
Prayer is asking a timeless God to intervene more directly in our time-bound life on earth. But prayer is also a way of entering into the rhythms of eternity and aligning myself with God’s view from above—a way of harmonizing my own desires with God’s.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
1. Submit ourselves to God
2. Accept God’s good, pleasing, perfect will
Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Mt 6:6 (NIV)
Why pray? Apparently God likes to be asked. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7 (NIV)
My Prayer of Commitment
Today, Lord, I yield myself to you.
May Your will be my delight today.
May Your way have perfect sway in me.
May Your love be the pattern of my life.