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Objection to Prayer: If God is sovereign why pray?

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Establish the need: If God is sovereign why pray?

Purpose: Today we shall consider six points in answering the question: If God is sovereign why pray?

  1. Point 1: We need to affirm God is sovereign
  2. Point 2: We pray simply because prayer is commanded by God
  3. Point 3: Prayer requests presupposes God’s sovereignty
  4. Point 4: The question wrongly assumes prayer is just asking for things
  5. Point 5: Prayer doesn’t change God’s mind
  6. Point 6: Prayer changes our situation

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Note: Kind of late posting this, multiple things, last 24 hours has been crazy.

Purpose of Prayer

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Establish the need: Why do we pray?

 

Purpose: Today we shall see the purpose of prayer outlined as 3 “A”s so that we would pray purposefully today.

  • To Ascribe Glory to God
  • To Associate Relationally with God
  • To Ask for God’s Benefits for us

 

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John Piper. Coronavirus and Christ.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, April 28th 2020.  112 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: PDF and other format at Desiring God

Purchase: Amazon

According to the Bible what are the possible things God is doing with the Coronavirus?  In this book by pastor and theologian John Piper the author looks at the issue from a Gospel driven perspective.  Piper is nuanced in the beginning to say that no doubt readers will know more about what will happen with the virus situation than the book is able to capture at the moment he wrote this book; instead Piper is going to focus on God’s work in crisis and also look at the issue of death and suffering from an eternal perspective.  I am grateful that Piper wrote this book.

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A late post today since after my lectures last night I just couldn’t type up a post!  Ever have one of those days?

Charles H. Spurgeon. Free Will a Slave.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, December 3rd 2018. 18 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

In 2016 I read quite a number of works by the famous English preacher Charles Spurgeon and since then I have desired to read more of his work though sadly I haven’t been able to read any of his works until now in 2020.  This booklet is Spurgeon’s defense of Calvinism by responding to John 5:40 which some Arminians in his day thought it was “one of the great guns of the Arminians” which I’m quoting from Spurgeon in the opening sentences in his booklet.  What Spurgeon aim to show in this booklet is how John 5:40 is actually a support for Calvinism instead.

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LUKE 11:2c-4

ESTABLISH THE NEED:  If there’s ever a message that convicts all Christians, it is messages on evangelism and prayer.  All Christians could work on being more evangelistic and pray more.  It’s a convicting message today.  Let me ask you a question:  How often do you pray?

If we don’t know what to pray or how to pray, we would probably not pray.  When my sister brought a drum set, after she left for college, I looked at the drum pieces disassembled, I tried putting together, I beat around a little bit, but since I didn’t know how to put it together, or know how to play, I stopped doing anything with it.  That’s like our prayer life also.

 

Main point: We will see three principles that Jesus taught His disciples in regards to how to pray, so that you would know how and this knowledge would make you pray.

  1. You should pray seeking God first (2c-d)
  2. You should pray trusting for your daily needs (3)
  3. You should pray dealing with sin (4)

 

1 It happened that while [a]Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

   ‘[b]Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 ‘Give us each day our [c]daily bread.
4 ‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”

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LUKE 11:1-2b

1 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

   ‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 ‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4 ‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”

Main point: Before going into further principles in this series on prayer, we will see Jesus laying three important building blocks so that you will pray to God.

  1. You should pray (1-2a)
  2. You should pray with others (2b)
  3. You should pray intimately (2c)

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  Last week we wrote “The Church during the days of Corona Virus: Pray for those who are unemployed.”  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for those who have the virus.

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