11.28.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on prayer. Part 14. Surrender (again).

DEVOTION: “Prayer is not a machine. It is not magic. It is not advice offered to God. Our act, when we pray, must not, any more than all our other acts, be separated from the continuous act of God Himself, in which alone all finite causes operate.” (pg 12)

Then he goes on to say…..

Praying for a particular thing always seems to me like advising God how to run the world.”

So. This is an interesting statement and paragraph. Maybe part of our thinking when we pray, as we start to change the way that we pray is more about how God can work through us and not so much how we can get God to work for us. Maybe it’s about us being open to the idea of God working through us….always. Not just some of the time, but always.

I know that my prayer time is always comprised of requests. I don’t think there’s ever a prayer that doesn’t include a request. Well, an intentional prayer. I think that as we worship, we are praying. As we serve, we are praying. But, traditional prayers for me, always include a request.

Maybe that changes today. Maybe it’s more about just asking God to move. Surrendering…oh, there’s that word again. Maybe it’s about surrendering the wants and replacing them with God’s needs in our lives.


  1. Sherri H on November 28, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Oh dear God help me to surrender my will and let YOUR will be done in my life. You are my everything dear God, thank you for ALWAYS protecting me, loving me, and showing me the way. I love you dear sweet Jesus.

  2. Suzanne on November 28, 2020 at 8:50 am

    I think prayer is opening up ourselves to the possibilities of God. He can place people in our lives, even when sheltering in place. A simple prayer ‘use me Lord’ in the morning. Later on the phone will ring or a DM will pop up. Someone who just needs a friend at that moment.
    He can move on our behalf or for someone else. I was telling someone, at church that, while praying in the spirit, I kept thinking about policeman. A man interrupted me to say he was a cop, out on permanent disability; he walked with a cane. He thanked me, he said he needed prayer. Open ended prayer allows God to move us at his will.

  3. Jonathan Blume on November 28, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Something I try to do is for every prayer request I bring to Jesus I have a praise report. So eventually my praise reports outweigh the requests. Just like the saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything”. Tweak that to be For every negative thought bring one or two positive thoughts. Turn our thinking around and become more positive in our prayer, thought and words.
    Thanks Dave for these daily Devotions. This one really made me think. Especially the line “Praying for a particular thing always seems to me like advising God how to run the world.”

    That hits right between the eyes. We find ourselves praying for the same thing over and over like it’s going to change the last one or bump this one above the other. Like pushing a button on a walk sign and we so often see, or even do it ourselves, push the button 5-15 times like the first one wasn’t good enough and it didn’t make the walk signal go when we wanted it to turn. Stop and leave our prayer at his feet. For it is in his time that it will be answered. Be patient. Amen

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