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πŸ‘‘ The Purpose Of Prayer

The question is sometimes asked: If God’s will and purpose are unalterable, why pray? The answer is simply: Because the divine purpose, which any answer to prayer must represent, includes the prayer itself. It is enough that He β€œwho worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Eph. 1:11) invites and exhorts His people to β€œcome boldly unto the throne of grace” to β€œlet [their] requests be made known unto God” (Heb. 4:16; Phil. 4:6).

But prayer is not merely petition, as many suppose. It is one aspect of active communion with God (meditation on the Word being the other) and includes adoration, thanksgiving and confession, as well as supplication. Hyde, in God’s Education of Alan, Pp. 154,155, says: β€œPrayer is the communion of two wills, in which the finite comes into connection with the Infinite, and, like the trolley, appropriates its purpose and power.”

We have an example of this in the record of our Lord’s prayer in the garden, for, while He is not to be classed with finite men, yet He laid aside His glory, became β€œa servant” (Phil. 2:7) and β€œlearned obedience” (Heb. 5:8; Phil. 2:8). In this place of subjection He made definite and earnest requests of His Father, but closed His prayer with the words: β€œNevertheless, not My will, but Thine, be done” (Luke 22:42) with the result that He was β€œstrengthened” for the ordeal He had to face (Ver. 43).

Thus prayer is not merely a means of β€œgetting things from God” but a God-appointed means of fellowship with Him, and all acceptable prayer will include the supplication β€” as sincerely desired as the rest: β€œNevertheless, not My will, but Thine, be done.” source

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