65. PRAYER

Why Pray?

 

To give thanks? To whom? For what?

 

You think that gawd personally intervenes in your life?

 

According to the bible, gawd/jesus does intervene and answer your prayers.

 

There's plenty of declarative sentences in the new testament that state, clearly, that your prayers will be answered.

 

Take a look, here are the places in the bible where you are told that God will answer your prayers:

 

Matthew 7:7 Jesus says:

Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
For every one who asks receives
, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Ask and you will receive. What could be simpler than that?

 

In Matthew 17:20 Jesus reiterates that same message:

For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

In Matthew 18:19 Jesus says it again:

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 

Matthew 21:21:

I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

Mark 11:24:

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

John

14:12"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father

 

14:14 Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.

15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you

 

15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you

Mark.

16:17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;

16:18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.

 

James 5:15,

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

 

Luke 10:19

"Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." --

"NOTHING shall by any means hurt you" - Now that's a tall order.... too bad it isn't true.

BUT

God never answers the prayers of amputees, and he never answers impossible prayers, and he never answers prayers that break the laws of nature, and he never answers prayers that violate the laws of probability, and he never answers both prayers that are mutually exclusive (give ME the promotion) ... What's left?

 

Here's one response I have received when prayers are not answered.

 

"It wasn't god's will."

 

But, my question is, if god has a will that he is going to do anyway, why pray?

 

Look at the boldfaced large font statements. Are they not proof that the bible is incorrect about the power of prayer?