In a comment on the recent post, Useless Prayers?, an anonymous reader said,
I would be highly interested in a discussion of the "areas where God invites us to exert our influence with him". It seems like a very interesting topic.
And I agree. Of course, this subject could be virtually inexhaustible, considering verses like John 14:13 ("And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father") and Matthew 21:22 ("If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer"). Apparently we are invited to influence God on all fronts.
Of course, we can add several broad qualifications:
- Petitionary prayer will necessarily target unforeseen outcomes. It's no good praying about last week's basketball game.
- Such prayers will need to be consistent with God's character and plans, that is, to his glory. So you can stop praying for God to give ulcers to the jerk at work.
- And these prayers will need to be made in faith, that is, in the belief that God can and does answer prayer (even though the specific outcome of your prayer is still in doubt).
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