Question: Who is the Almighty that we should serve him? And what profit do we get if we pray to him? (Job 21:15)
Answer: O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God (1 Kings 18:37).
People who pray get to know God. (He is very great!)
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God (1 John 3:1).
Our Father’s love lasts forever. That’s why we pray.
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength . . . there is none to deliver out of His hand (from Job 9:4; 10:7).
We pray because there is no one and nothing better or bigger than God.
Two more babies will soon be born into our family. We’re praying about their births.
Here’s why: “The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth” (Psalm 29:9). If what God says influences deer to go into labor, His voice can certainly influence a pregnant mom!
Job’s prayer shows God’s sovereignty over birth: “Why did you bring me out of the womb?” (Job 10:18).
Be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1).
What does God do?
He lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).
“Prayerlessness is my declaration of independence from God.*
Prayerfulness is my declaration of dependence on God. Apart from Him we can do nothing (from John 15:5).
*Daniel Henderson, Transforming Presence, p.35.
I paused as we read Psalm 74:23: “The uproar of those who rise against Thee ascends continually.” I thought, “That’s awful. God deserves praise. Not insult.”
Later we sang, “Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne; Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own!*
May that be so!
*Matthew Bridges, Godfrey Thring, George Elvey, Crown Him with Many Crowns.