DEVOTION: Here’s the larger portion of the quote from yesterday’s devotion.
“Petitionary prayer is, nonetheless, both allowed and commanded to us; “Give us our daily bread.” And no doubt it raises a theoretical problem. Can we believe that God ever really modifies His action in response to the suggestion of men? For infinite wisdom does not need telling what is best, and infinite goodness needs no urging to do it.”
and then He goes on to say…
“He could if He chose repair our bodies miraculously without food or give us food without the aid of farmers, bakers and butchers…Instead He allows soils and weather and animals and the muscles, minds, wills of men to co-operate in the execution of His will.” (pg 10)
I find all of this incredibly fascinating at it’s core. You see, we lean into prayer and then say, ah maybe it doesn’t work when something doesn’t happen. But…have you ever considered that the prayer is answered in a different way than what you had initially thought. Maybe the doctor is an answer to prayer. Maybe your neighbor or your boyfriend is an answer to prayer. Maybe the skills that another possesses are the answer to the prayer that you have been praying for years.
I believe it’s how God continues to set up this entire society and community. We have to rely on each other to exist…to co-exist. We have to lean on each other for help, for aid, for healing, for hope. Yes, He is at the center of it all but we need and require other humans to make this life here on Earth actually work.
So prayer is answered and executed in many many different forms. We just need to be open to the different paths that God uses for each and every specific prayer.