12.3.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on prayer. Part 19. History.

DEVOTION: “The case against prayer (I mean the “low” or old-fashioned kind) is this. The thing you ask for is either good—for you and for the world in general—or else it is not. If it is, then a good and wise God will do it anyway. If it is not, then He won’t. In neither case can your prayer make any difference. But if this argument is sound, surely it is an argument not only against praying, but against doing anything whatever? ….. Why do anything? We know that we can act and that our actions produce results. Everyone who believes in God must therefore admit (quite apart from the question of prayer) that God has not chosen to write the whole of history with His own hand.” (Pg 17-18)

Why bother with prayer at all? Because God has not chosen to write history on His own. We are active participants.

As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice” Psalm 55:16-17.

God hears our voice. He hears our prayers. The more time we spend in prayer with our God, the more our hearts hear His voice and the more our will is aligned with His good and perfect will.

God has given us the gift of eternal life, the gift of salvation. He has also given us the gift of prayer. The ability to communicate with the Father. The ability to know the Fathers heart through prayer and time spent with Him.

As we spend more time with Him, our hearts change and are conformed not to the world but to Jesus. To His desires in out lives. We have the ability to write this incredible history as we walk with God, talk with God and lean on His influence in our lives.

What history are you writing today?


  1. Carol B on December 3, 2020 at 7:08 am

    Why pray because prayer changes us. Help me to be a reflection of you.

  2. Suzanne on December 3, 2020 at 8:19 am

    I can’t get my husband to do what I want him to do…my kids either. The contractor, the mail lady, the neighbor kid that needs a muffler…nope, they won’t do what I want either. I pray so my history won’t include the details, of whatever it is I did, when I tried to fix the universe myself…

    since I am not the center of the universe… I pray to the one who is .

  3. Nela Erwin on December 3, 2020 at 9:44 am

    I lead an online prayer group. Our main focus is kids with cancer, but we’re not limited to just that. We pray for anyone with any type of illness or disease (physical, mental, emotional or spiritual). We believe in miracles as an outcome of prayer. We’ve seen those miracles just as we’ve seen death. However, especially among young children, we know that death is only a redeeming pathway to complete healing for some of these children (and others).
    I will always pray….and I begin with thanking God for who He is!

  4. Peggy F on December 3, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Prayer !? Our cries to God ? Is our heart, which the word tells us in Jeremiah 17:9, The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, Who can know it ? We have been praying for weeks now , going back to Psalm 139 for God to search me, know my anxious thoughts…..and Psalm 51 .. to create in me a clean heart, and renew a steadfast spirit within me………..but all of it…..we are drawn by God Himself…….drawn to Him, only by His grace, His Love, His mercy…………drawing us to Him by His Holy Spirit……to KNOW HIM…………So many places in His word………in the old testament and new, just read this morning Isaiah 55^ Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near…
    Jer 33:3 ” Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things………and Hosea :10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness, Reap in mercy, Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you, Matt 6:33 But seek first…the kingdom of God and his Righteousness………so many more……..I am only able to pray, by His grace……I want to draw near to his Presence…………just as it is only …..by Your Grace, that I am saved…………I am just having these thoughts when I begin to pray…………He allows us to know HIM, in prayer, in worship, by drawing us into His Presence………” Oh the overwhelming, never ending , reckless love of God, Oh it chases me down, fights till I”m .found………………Break my heart Jesus, for what breaks Yours…………I am drawn to pray, to seek Him, because and only by His grace and love for me………………..as Dave spoke of to us last night…. can we even fathom this kind of love, unconditional, never ending ……..all consuming love of God………….

  5. Sherri H on December 4, 2020 at 7:30 am

    Amen help me dear God to be a reflection of you everyday single minute of every single day -i long to just be in your presence always.

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