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“It is not amazing that God answers prayer; it is amazing we pray so little.”

‘How can you say it’s not amazing that God answers prayer?’ Don’t misunderstand the statement because I do believe it is amazing how He answers prayer. For in pulling off an answer to prayer God must at least redirect the course of God ordained natural forces or the intentions of wills predisposed to wrong. At most He must suspend the rules He has laid down for nature so that they begin running immediately in a new course or give tangible manifestation to spiritual reality. In any circumstance you can name where prayer is answered the supernatural impinges on the natural to bring about God’s purpose with full consideration and at least partial affirmation and completion of the request. All together how prayer is answered demonstrates God’s great power and unending knowledge. How that happens is amazing and wonderful. But that He would answer prayer is not. Answered prayer matches well His character of kindness, mercy, grace, personal involvement in His creation, and goodness. 

But why do we pray so little? Our skeptical, mocking society has largely silenced our praise to God for answered prayer. For one thing they nay say any testimony that challenges their naturalistic presuppositions. ‘That can’t happen; you can’t prove the supernatural.’ Of course you can’t if the only evidence you allow is natural or has a natural explanation. So we Christians back off from saying the truth under the pressure of skeptical mockery. Merely natural explanations, however,  fall short on too many accounts at explaining all that we observe. But our praise to God for answered prayer is silenced for a far more serious reason. Despite the abundant Scriptural evidence to God’s willingness, ability, and examples of answered prayer; the abundant historical evidence (George Mueller very notably); God’s good sustaining grace in our own lives, we pray far too little. We must not believe He will answer. He has many times for me in witnessing opportunities,  financial needs, serious health issues, relational difficulties, bewilderment and discouragement, weather, direction, help for missionaries and witnessing friends. Why do I pray so little? “You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive because you ask with wrong motives so that you may spend it on your pleasures…” (James 4:2-3) Perhaps a better question is… What is preventing me now? A big and glorious God answers big and God-glorifying prayers! Lord, work in my life so that I pray more and more intensely!

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Psalm 1 compares the righteous one to a tree firmly planted, well watered, fruitful, in no danger of withering. I see it as one whose branches reach upward in praise and roots downward into truth. Click on Tree Firmly Planted to see how I visualized it.

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May God’s blessing be on this child, my first grandchild.

May He save her and sustain her throughout her days.

Miss ERB

 
E R, please come and stay
Be strong and healthy, ready for the fray
That life brings in this world each day
 
Oh, dear E, time sequester
Fasting and praying, let nothing fester
Sanctified as alabaster
 
May your heart be bold and be strong
Ready for battle no matter how long
Looking up, a heart filled with song
 
Miss B, show beauty from above
All tender and nurturing those you love
Pure, chaste, and faithful as a dove
 
Precious one, God be your tower
Guide your thoughts and words in the trying hour
Help God’s people by His power
 
E dear, may your life be clean
Trust Jesus to save, in your life faith be seen
Heaven expecting though unseen

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