"And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples" (Luke 11:1).
Some conclude that if you believe the purposes of God are settled then there is no need to pray.
In approaching the subject, we are dealing with the issue of God's sovereignty and human responsibility. It is an issured argued by theologians for centuries. We want to be sure to base our view on scripture and not on human reasoning.
First, we consider the fact that God is sovereign. God rules over all. He works all things together for his glory and the good of his people.
Second, we are to pray. We ought to pray because we are commanded to pray, because it expresses our dependence on the Lord, and because it is through prayer that blessings are received.
Third, God's purposes and promises do not replace prayer, but encourage it.
Fourth, we respond to the question, "How should we pray?"
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