Bought by the Blood

February 25, 2007

Bridges on Prayer

Filed under: Jerry Bridges,Prayer — cubsfan1980 @ 6:00 pm

Prayer assumes the sovereignty of God. If God is not sovereign, we have no assurance that He is able to answer our prayers. Our prayers would become nothing more than wishes. But while God’s sovereignty, along with His wisdom and love, is the foundation of our trust in Him, prayer is the expression of that trust…Psalm 57:2, ‘I cry out to God Most His, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.’ That is (John) Flavel says to us, because God is sovereign, we should pray. God’s sovereignty does not negate our responsibility to pray, but rather makes it possible to pray with confidence. (Jerry Bridges)

‘but we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat’ (Nehemiah 4:9). Prayer is the acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty and of our dependence upon Him to act on our behalf. Prudence is the acknowledgement of our responsibility to use all legitimate means. We must not separate these two. (Jerry Bridges)

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