DEVOTION: “God,” said Pascal, “instituted prayer in order to lend to His creatures the dignity of causality.” But not only prayer; whenever we act at all He lends us that dignity. It is not really stranger, nor less strange, that my prayers should affect the course of events than that my other actions should do so. They have not advised or changed God’s mind – that is, His overall purpose. But that purpose will be realized in different ways according to the actions, including the prayers of His creatures.” (pg 11)
- the relationship between cause and effect.
- the principle that everything has a cause
Our prayers, just like other actions that take place over the course of the day create opportunity, create events, create direction. Why should we be surprised or not surprised when they do or don’t create an effect?
It’s an interesting way of looking at it. One that I had never thought of before.
The statement above where Lewis says that our prayers affect the course of events just like my other actions affect the course of my events. It doesn’t however change God’s mind or His purpose. Yet, that purpose is realized in different ways according to our actions. One of those actions being prayer.
My brain hurts.
Yet…the point is valid. Our actions help determine whether our prayers are answered or not. OK. So what is he saying, that we actually have to work hand in hand with God to see our prayers answered?
Wait….I have to be involved? It’s not God working just for me?