by Sandy Kirby Quandt
In Robert Morris’ book, Why Keep Praying When You Don’t See Results, he writes we must be persistent in our requests and never give up. Using the Bible story of the woman who persisted in coming before the judge day after day to seek justice, the author assures us God does hear, is able, and answers.
Although I consider myself someone who knows how to pray, I gained much from reading this book. One of the first things Mr. Morris states is “If we are pleased with ourselves and with our own devices for coping with life, we won’t feel the need or inclination to seek the Lord and call out to him.” How very true that is.
One area of explanation I especially appreciated was the section on We Pray Because God is Changeless. God is immutable. He does not change and cannot change. Because God is perfect, there is no need for him to change. “Satan tells us God will do whatever he wants to do, so it doesn’t matter if you pray. You can’t change God’s mind, so your prayers are useless.” So says the father of lies.
Have you ever felt that way? I have. So why bother?
Mr. Morris tells us why we should bother and persist in praying. He tells of the persistent prayer of Abraham asking God to reconsider his plans to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, and Moses’ pleas asking God to change his mind about destroying the Israelites. Mr. Morris explains God will never change his character, but he can and will change his mind when people pray. Wow. So much clearer.
Why Keep Praying When You Don’t See Results asks thoughtful questions such as what have you neglected to pray for in your life? It discusses intercessory prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit in our prayer life. It states our sin can keep our prayers from being effective, and uses the Psalms of David to show when we sin we must admit it, agree with God that it’s wrong, ask for forgiveness, then open our arms to accept what God freely and graciously gives. Jesus has already paid for our forgiveness. It’s available, but we have to ask.
There is much more in this book than one blog can tell. Guess you’ll have to read it for yourself, and find out. 😉
Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?
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