“Why Pray?”

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               Some good thoughts on ‘prayer’ from the late Dr. Alvin Rogness:

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“All sorts of reasons can be found for the futility of prayer.  Why pray to a God who already knows what we need?  He loves us, His children the world over, even when we ignore Him.  Certainly He cannot withhold His blessings until we remind Him or press Him.  There have been times when I have thought that He has told us to ask for all sorts of things, even trivial things, because He wants us to talk to Him.  After all, it would be strange for members of the family never to communicate at all with their father.  So I pray. I ask for health for myself and for my dear ones. I have along and assorted catalog—safety, security, guidance.  On a Sunday morning I join the prayers of the congregation: “defend thy church…give it pastors according to thy Spirit…preserve our nation in righteousness and honor…sanctify our home…comfort all who are in sorrow and need….” I assume that God wants all these values for us long before we ask for them.  I also assume that He will not, in some sort of pique, let these blessings lie in His celestial warehouse undelivered unless we ask for them.  Yet we pray.

There are other difficulties.  We pray for health, and health ebbs away.  We pray for safety, and a dear one is struck down in the streets.  We pray for the end of war, and wars grind on.  I dare not put limits on God.  What He may do or be able to do in the wake of my prayers… I leave to Him.

A friend of mine, more cautious than I, said, “Prayer does not change things; it changes you.”  Of course it changes me.  I am in God’s presence when I pray and am therefore exposed to Him and to the powers that surge from Him.  But I must disagree with my friend.  I believe that in some mysterious way prayer also changes things — maybe the chemistry of the body, the hearts of people I pray for, the turn of events, even the shape of history.  How this can be, I cannot know.  But God has invited me to pray; in fact ordered me to pray. He has assured me that I can dial Him direct, and the line will never be busy.

The more we pray, the more likely it is that we will spend more time thanking Him than requesting favors from Him.”

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From Dr. Rogness’ daily devotional book, “The Word for Every Day

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How to pray in light of a proper understanding of the Trinity

 

This excerpt from the last class in the series on Trinitarian and Christological controversies, deals with the question of prayer in the life of the Christian.

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I will put the entire class up in a day or two.

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Give a listen to the 6 minute clip :

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 > How we ought address God and pray in light of the Trinity

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Thanks, Pastor Mark.

Thank you, also, to flickr and vuile, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

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Please pray…

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Friend of this blog and a dear sister in Christ, Susanne Schuberth, needs our prayers. She is not doing very well.

Please remember Susanne, and ask those around you to pray that the Lord will take care of her and give to her whatever it is that she needs.

Thank you.

               – Steve

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Thanks to all of you.

And thanks to flickr and skipsmilesleep2, for the photo.

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How can we know God’s will with respect to what we pray for?

Praying-Hands by johnhanscom

It’s not always easy to know.

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Listen in on the second midweek Advent sermon as Pastor Mark speaks about prayer and God’s will for us:

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click > How can we know God’s will with respect to what we pray for?

 

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Thanks to Pastor Mark Anderson of Lutheran Church of the Master, Corona del Mar, CA http://www.lightofthemaster.com/
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And thanks to flickr and johnhanscom, for the photo.
 
 
 
 
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Luther on ‘Prayer’ by David P. Scaer

 

 Luther’s view of prayer.Knock, Knock...... by Miguel & Vicky

 

 Luther-on-Prayer by David P. Scaer          

 Concordia-Theological-Seminary

I am finding this very helpful as it explains Luther’s view of prayer, in light of Holy Scripture, and the theology of the cross.

I hope you too will find something in it that is helpful to you in your prayer life.

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Anfechtungen, or ‘the dark night of the soul’, is constantly referred to in the piece.

Anyone have some other ways to describe ‘Anfechtungen’?

 

‘Luther Speaks..again’

 “We should pray with few words but with deep, meaningful thoughts. The fewer the words, the better the prayer. The more the words, the worse the prayer. Few words and deep meaning are Christian. Many words and little meaning are pagan.” 

                           -  Martin Luther
Oh Father, we just want to, and we just need to, and we just ought to, and we …, and we…., and we….just ought to remember you once in awhile. 
     
                    Shut up and pray.
                            
                                      – Steve
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