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The Power of Prayer

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Week 7,
Term One, 2016

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When thinking about prayer, one is forced to consider why we need to pray. If God is all powerful and all knowing, all he needs to do is metaphorically ‘wiggle his nose’ and the problems of the world would be over.

An interesting pathway to this question is, how does prayer interact with free will? When we were “created”, God decided that all humans would have free will. Free will is our ability to make choices, from whether we accept him on not, through to whether we walk down the street and buy a coke or get a glass of water from the kitchen.

The first recorded exercising of this free will was for us to opt out of God’s dominion. Adam and Eve ate the apple from the tree of life, and by doing so chose to live of their own accord. We are all afforded the same choice. Prayer is choosing to accept God’s help, to accept the assistance of the kind of power that creates life. Prayer also stems from an attitude of gratitude. Acknowledging that we are loved and that whilst we are not in complete control of our worlds, God desires to help us and to bless us abundantly. This is why we need to pray. "All that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours" (Mark 11:24). When we pray we choose to rely on God for our needs.

A christian scholar once said, “If all of the prayers that were promised were prayed, the world would be a better place.”

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