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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Notable Quote: John MacArthur

John MacArthur on God's sovereignty and prayer . . .

It grieves me that so many believers view the doctrine of God's sovereignty as a deterrent to a healthy, vibrant prayer life. That kind of thinking demonstrates an inadequate, incomplete and unacceptable understanding, both of God's sovereignty and of prayer. In truth, we pray because God is sovereign ˆ He alone has power over all human events. In praying, we don't run from His sovereignty, we run to it.

It's absolutely true that God is sovereign over every detail of our lives. Job acknowledged that even the number of every person's days is determined (Job 14:5). Life and death are in His hands (Jas. 4:15). Yet we eat and breathe and sleep and take measures to avoid any kind of calamity that might end our lives prematurely. Why? That's the very same question as, "Why pray if God is sovereign?" Here's the answer to why we need to breathe, and why we need to pray: God ordains the means as well as the end. And our prayers are one of the important means by which He accomplishes His will and glorifies Himself in the process.

Grace to You, Newsletter, April 17, 2007

(HT: Grace Quotes)

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