God’s sovereignty in prayer (A.W.Pink)

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“Throughout this book it has been our chief aim to exalt the Creator and abase the creature. The well-nigh universal tendency now, is to magnify man and dishonour and degrade God.

The same God who has decreed the end has also decreed that His end shall be reached through His appointed means, and One of these is prayer. The God who has determined to grant a blessing also gives a spirit of supplication which first seeks the blessing.

There is no need whatever for God to change His designs or alter His purpose for the all-sufficient reason that these were framed under the influence of perfect goodness and unerring wisdom.”

So why pray?

1)    It honours God.  Knowing that salvation is of the Lord we must pray for the lost.

2)    It is worship redounding to His glory.

3)    It shows our dependency.

4)    It is a spiritual blessing-we delight in unburdening ourselves.

5)    As He answers, we love Him more  (Psalm 116:1).

6)    Prayer is appointed to seek from Him what we need.

7)    We are bid to ‘Pray without ceasing.’

8)    Because He promises certain things we can ask for them.

 

“Prayer is a coming to God, telling Him my need, committing my way unto the Lord, and leaving Him to deal with it as seemeth Him best. This makes my will subject to His, instead of, as in the former case, seeking to bring His will into subjection to mine.

 

To ask God in the name of Christ is as though Christ Himself were the suppliant.

Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude-an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God. Prayer is a confession of creature weakness, yea, of helplessness.

 

Because prayer is an attitude of dependency, the one who really prays is submissive, submissive to the Divine will; and submission to the Divine will means that we are content for the Lord to supply our need according to the dictates of His own Sovereign pleasure. And hence it is that we say every prayer that is offered to God in this spirit is sure of meeting with an answer or response from Him.

 

Prayer is not the requesting of God to alter His purpose or for Him to form a new one. Prayer is the taking of an attitude of dependency upon God, the spreading of our need before Him, the asking for those things which are in accordance with His will, and therefore there is nothing whatever inconsistent between Divine Sovereignty and Christian prayer.”

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