Prayer: Faith or Presumption?

Faith or Presumption?

Does God really give us anything we want if we pray for it?

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2 thoughts on “Prayer: Faith or Presumption?

  1. I wrote a few posts about this last year – one that comes to mind is Sept 3, Q253 Do we access the benefits of the cross by prayer or by faith? If you check it out let me know what you think, cheers Graeme

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    • Thank you for sharing on this posting from Pastor Joe. I agree that we should keep our eyes focused on the Cross while continuing to submit ourselves to God in actions and words.

      John 9:2-3 is a nice reminder that things even the difficulties in our lives such as sickness can be used by God to point us to the Cross. My wise father shared this verse with me and it has given me great comfort when trying to understand why some are born with conditions like autism or bipolar, or firm believers who have dedicated themselves completely to the Lord’s work like a local missionary who spent 30-40 years overseas now ending her career with terminal cancer. There appears to be no specific roots or roadblocks.

      And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind? Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:2-3

      I am not a fan of prosperity gospel and think these conversations are great ways to point the universal Body of Christ to the Truth through God’s Word. I appreciate and love those dearly who are huge believers in these teachings on having tremendous faith. It is a tremendous faith that reminds me of the faith of the Centurion and the woman with the long history of bleeding. It was their faith that made them well. But I understand that our lives are not our own and it is God that determines the course of our lives. Our lives are submitted to him through being born again, Baptized, repentant, and faith in Him. Regardless of the obstacle, we know that God is good and He is working through all things for his purposes. And yes, everything should point to the Cross not our circumstances. Amen

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