Tuesday, May 31, 2011

HOW IMPORTANT IS PRAYER?

The important thing is to pray. How important? Only this: There are some things God will do if we ask Him. We carelessly say, "Well, whatever happens is God's will. If God wants me to have this, I will get it. If it was meant to be, it will be." That is only partially true. The words of Jesus, "If you ask, I will do," carry the obvious implication that if we do not ask, Jesus will not have because you do not ask" (James 4:2).

For example, I discovered a surprising fact about the healing miracles recorded in the Gospels. Jesus rarely took the initiative in those miracles. Ordinarily, Jesus did not heal people until they ask Him to. Sometimes they almost had to chase Him down. Bartimaeus cried so long and so loud before Jesus stopped to listen that the crowd told that blind beggar to shut up (Mark 10:46-52). Jesus ignored, then "insulted" the Syrophoenician woman before healing her daughter (Matthew 15:21-28). Jairus took the initiative and came to Jesus on behalf of his daughter. The woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus for healing before He ever noticed her.

"And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son" (John 14:13).

-- Ronald Dunn in Don't Just Stand There, Pray Something

 
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