If God Is Sovereign, Why Pray?
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, April 12 2010 00:00|
We are responsible for our lives. That is stewardship. But God is sovereign. How is that possible? How can we be responsible for that over which God is sovereign?
When a large business deal I had worked on for six months looked like it wasn't going to close, I asked my wife and son to pray about it with me.
When it was my turn to pray I basically begged God to let the deal go through, then concluded, "God, you already know what's going to happen. In fact, you have sovereignly decided what is the pleasure of your will. Give us wisdom not to miss the way."
When I finished, my son asked, "Dad, if God has already decided what's going to happen, why pray?" Good question.God is sovereign but we are also responsible. The Scriptures lay down these two ideas side-by-side, without apology, and without much explanation. In fact, we see this principle throughout the Bible. Here are a few examples. You probably know of others.
This idea that "God is sovereign but we are responsible" lies at the heart of stewardship. At its core, stewardship means receiving all our abilities, resources, love, relationships, spiritual gifts, possessions, and places as "gifts on loan" from a sovereign God. It means to keep an attitude of accountable responsibility tempered by profound gratitude.
Frankly, why would we want to pray to God for help unlessHe is sovereign? Because He is sovereign, it actually means something when we pray.
Yours for changed lives,