Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

DailyTheocentrism: Prayer and Pragmatism – one and the same?

One might say that if our prayers don’t change God’s mind, then why pray?

First answer – because we were told to . . .

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DailyTheocentrism: The “Power of Prayer” that changes God’s mind is likened unto Open Theism, aka heresy.

I have heard countless pithy statements like:

– prayer changes things (meaning, “gets things done”)

– there’s power in prayer (just add incantation . . )

– we are empowered by your prayers (man-powered ministry)

– God’s will is activated by prayer (I guess a little leaven . . . )

– I felt your prayers (what’s a little animism between friends?)

I bring these few up among many others to demonstrate how we have it all on it’s head. If prayer does change anything, it changes the one who is praying as they conform the the sovereign will of God. See the Model Prayer for help:

He is the Creator, Sustainer and Judge. We go to Him to get answers, not give them. And there we find grace and mercy and care.

There is no power in prayer, rather there is power in God.

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Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.

10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Prayer, Open Theism and a really hard Sunday School Lesson

Sometimes I really want to stop in the middle of a lesson and take a picture and then show everyone I am teaching what they look like and then ask, “So, what are you thinking?”

Well, at the apex/end of a short overview of the Old Testament wisdom literature and the biblical teaching on wisdom in general, we took two weeks in my Sunday School class on the will of God – defining and determining, last week and this week respectively. As I bit off a 16lb bite of the hamburger this last week, I realized that it would be better if I wrote a bit more to explain a bit more clearly.

Get slideshow here if you want: Will of God

So . . . Read the rest of this entry »

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My prayer today; my prayer tomorrow . . .

One for memorizing and making part of who we are.

– from an oft’ times wanderer

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DailyTheocentrism:Asking, “Can God…?” is the wrong approach. Rather ask, “Does God…?” He is able, but is He willing?

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