Archive for October 2010

DailyTheocentrism: The first step in contemplating God’s Sovereignty is to get over yourself

Psalm 103:1-22

Isaiah 40:1-8

and praise God for 1 Peter 1:22-25

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 . . .

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: Matthew 6:9-13

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.

AskRob: Question on Suffering and the Will of God

Rob, you listed as oneĀ of God's will for us is to suffer. By suffering . . .
does this mean suffering persecution for the sake of Christ? Or does
the day to day suffering as the result of living in a sin-filled world
"count" as suffering? Like (a couple with a handicapped child). Or
is it what our attitude is toward all suffering? I know this may seem
trivial but no one really defined it for me. Christ talks about
suffering for His sake, but Paul seem to imply not just the
persecution he experienced but the day to day reality of life, like
his "thorn in the flesh" (whatever that was). This thorn doesn't
appear to be result of persecution but just from living in this cursed

Hope I made myself clear. Its sometimes hard to put down on paper..

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