Don’t try to dictate how God answers prayers

BOB HARDISON

Columnist


 Q: Usually when I pray, I formulated a specific solution to my needs and then I ask God to answer my request. Is the focus of my prayers too narrow?


 A: When we pray, we need to be careful we don’t try to tell God how to answer them. In formulating the way He should answer, we are telling God what to do, and that is wrong and presumptuous on our part.

 As humans, we tend to envision God meeting our needs and concerns according to what we as mere people can do. The scripture tells us, God is “able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20). God is certainly able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think.

 Our God is a wonderful God. He is the creator of everything in the heaven, on the land and in the sea. He is omnipotent (all powerful) omniscient (all knowing) and omnipresent (present in all places at all times). He is certainly able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think. Our concocted solutions pale in comparison to God’s wisdom, power and unlimited ability to meet needs.

 In faith, we should sincerely ask God to work in whatever way He chooses, then, His marvelous ways are seen and He is glorified. The Apostle Paul closed his prayer for the Ephesians church this way—“to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus” (3:21). The ultimate purpose of our lives, worship and service is to allow God’s glorious nature to be known to all mankind.



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