If he is ready, of his own free will, to assist us, what purpose does it serve to employ our prayers, which interrupt the spontaneous course of his providence?
The very design of prayer furnishes an easy answer.
Believers do not pray, with the view of informing God about things unknown to him, or of exciting him to do his duty, or of urging him as though he were reluctant.
On the contrary, they pray, in order that they may arouse themselves to seek him, that they may exercise their faith in meditating on his promises, that they may relieve themselves from their anxieties by pouring them into his bosom; in a word, that they may declare that from Him alone they hope and expect, both for themselves and for others, all good things.
God himself, on the other hand, has purposed freely, and without being asked, to bestow blessings upon us; but he promises that he will grant them to our prayers.
We must, therefore, maintain both of these truths, that He freely anticipates our wishes, and yet that we obtain by prayer what we ask.”
I read that little devotional last night before bed, seeking the encouragement to describe to God one more time the desperation of too many situations.
It didn’t work.
I crawled into bed seeking to be unconscious, not seeking God.
I’d spent another day waiting for hope filled words…”you’re hired’…”the medication is working”….”things are fine”.
The words that came, the only ones that came at all…were hopeless.
I have to assume that God heard them too.
After too many days of waiting, I’m too tired to talk about it anymore.
I believe, help my unbelief, and turn up the electric blanket.
Have I lost my faith?
God always works in a process…and hack preachers like myself like to use the cake baking analogy to describe what the process sometimes looks like.
When you put raw eggs, sugar, and flour in a bowl it doesn’t look like a cake.
It looks like a mess.
You take the mess in the bowl and you beat it…then you bake it until it transforms.
It’s only when the process is completed that you have a delightful product.
Therefore, in our analogy, if you are beaten and baking, you’re close to the end of this process.
It’s just a matter of time.
Make your own application…