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Why Pray?


In Daniel 4:3 we read - How great are His signs. How mighty His wonders. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and His dominion is from generation to generation.


Who wouldnít want to serve such a mighty God? We are going to serve some sort of god or gods, so letís be faithful to the one who can do everything that it takes several other gods attempting to do. He is mighty!


A question that has always been on my mind is why pray if God is going to have His will anyway? Itís been said to agree with Him by praying His word is the way to pray. Thatís true, but why? He knows His word, we donít have to tell Him what He has said. While asking this question, Father sent me to several scriptures. We are going to look at them and then Iíll tell you what I discerned to be the answer to my question. First, letís look at:


Isaiah 40:15,17 - The nations are as a drop in a bucket. (That really makes you feel significant in Godís plan!?) They are counted as small dust on a balance. Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing. (We really arenít so big)


Letís try verse 17 - All nations before Him are as nothing! ZERO! (That doesnít mean He doesnít care, only that He is so important) and they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless! (compared to his worth)


Next scripture: Psalm 115:3 ; 135:6 - But our God is in heaven- He does whatever He pleases (Why pray?) - 135:6 - What ever the Lord pleases He does. (OK, why pray?) In heaven, and in earth, in seas and all the deep places.


Letís see about Job 34:29 - When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble? (He even controls that emotional part of us) When He hides His face who can see Him, whether it is against a nation or a man alone -(We canít even find Him unless He wants to appear. Praise Him, that He wants too!)


Now, letís turn to Daniel 4:35 - All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing (ZERO) He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him "what have you done?"


Now, what I believe the answer is to the question "Why Pray?" God wants a people that will abandon themselves to Him. Besides agreeing with His word, I believe the whole idea of praying is total submission to Him. When we pray His word or His will, we are saying "I give up Father. Have your way in this situation." We want to pray His word and then add instruction, thatís not submission, Thatís mental assent. He wants our hearts to be completely empty of our own desires in a situation and abandon our desires to His.


In His Unlimited Love,

Barbara Doyle