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If God is Sovereign, Why Pray?

October 5, 2009

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights.

Every night we put our son John down for bed, Jeremiah and I pray that he will come to know the Lord at an early age. We think about the responsibility that’s on our shoulders to raise him in a loving home, display a loving marriage, teach him God’s word, live a life that does not say “do as I say, not as I do…” And to do this by leaning on God’s grace and not our human effort.

A truth that we acknowledge is that we can’t force John to love God in the future. That’s a decision he must come to on his own. We also know that God is sovereign over his life. And sometimes it’s easy to say well, “Why pray for his salvation if God already knows?”

As you know, a question like this is a great debate in lots of hearts today. And it often keeps us from approaching God or even giving him the time of day.

I was encouraged to hear Matt Chandler hit on the topic of prayer yesterday. A few points he made out of Scripture have given me great hope today.

We know that God listens to his people and has changed his mind based on a request (Moses in Exodus). We know in Luke that we’re to ask, and it will be given to us. To seek and we will find.

But what we miss out on is the act of praying in faith.

Having the faith that he will do what we ask because we’re seeking him. Having faith to lean on his grace for every moment in our lives. We pray in faith because we’ve been commanded to and prayer is really for us, more than it is for God. It changes us and it’s about participating in what He is doing.

As Jeremiah and I continue to pray for John’s salvation, we’re praying in faith that God will answer our prayers. As imperfect parents, we’re trusting that God will use us as his  tool to help lead John to the cross.

When we believe that God will do something, I think that changes everything and gives us great hope in his future grace.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9).

What are you praying for today, hoping that God will answer? Do you have the faith that He will do it?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda Ramirez permalink
    October 6, 2009 7:48 am

    Hey Sam! I have been reading your blog…its great! A few thoughts…you know that website AshleyMadision… one thing I found to be so alarming is that the CEO of that company was interviewed by some big news company and actually admitted he would be “devestated” (quote!) if his wife used his own “service” for an affair… wow! It was just crazy to see even he saw the error of his ways but was too caught in it… ALSO about your blog today… I will never forget when we were prayer leaders together and had that quote about prayer: “Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the ONE who hears it and NOT the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference!” Your blog today brought me back to that! I will never forget it! Keep running that race girl! You are wonderful!

  2. October 6, 2009 7:52 am

    Thanks Amanda. That is really encouraging. Yeah that’s really crazy that he would admit such a devastation yet he’s providing the service for others to end up being devastated… doesn’t quite line up. It makes you wonder what he is really in it for?

    You have an amazing memory… I totally remember that quote now and I love it. Did you have it written somewhere or did you just remember it? So fun thinking back on our days as prayer leaders at LU- such a sweet time.

    Thanks again for your sweet words. 🙂

  3. December 11, 2009 9:22 pm

    Interesting post, I didn’t thought this was going to be so amazing when I read your title with link!!

  4. December 12, 2009 8:25 am

    Thank you very much. I’m not always the best at thinking of catchy titles, but I’m working on it 🙂


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