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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Beyond Understanding

we can't fully understand prayer, pray with thanksgiving in all things
Have you ever thought: "Why pray? If God wants something to happen, it will happen whether I pray or not."

C.S. Lewis said that's the same as saying: "Why wash my hands? If God wants them clean, they'll be clean whether I wash them or not." 

Although we can't fully understand prayer with our finite minds, God still tells us to "Never stop praying" (1 Thessalonians 5:17NLT).

And Scripture assures us there are many benefits in prayer. For example, prayer brings a peace that is beyond our understanding. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 

If we can't understand the peace prayer brings, we shouldn't be surprised that we can't understand prayer itself. 

Obviously, understanding prayer is not as important as simply doing it. 

Bible Study

1. There are many mysteries in our faith, signs that we serve a God whose ways are far above our own. This should give us comfort--knowing God is not like any man.

Deuteronomy 29:29: The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 

2. We can't understand everything about prayer, but we can understand many things. What are two common themes in the Philippians passage above and the two passages below? 

Colossians 4:2: Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ  

copyright, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

For additional study on this subject and insights to this study, see Think Again. Pray Again.

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