Reasoning With God In Prayer
By David J. Stewart | September 2014
2nd Thessalonians 3:1-5,“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil...”
Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” I love Isaiah 1:18. The phrase “let us reason together” is the Hebrew word yâkach and means, “to be right (that is, correct); reciprocally to argue; causatively to decide, justify or convict.” The context is concerning our sins. Sin messes up our life. The Bible here likens sin to “scarlet” and “crimson,” which are references in the Hebrew to maggots (worms), which were crushed to form strong colorful dyes for clothing. God says that He can take our sin-stained life and make it as pure and white as snow and wool.
Our sins being washed away by the blood of Jesus is the basis of the believer's prayer life. Hebrews 4:15-16,
Many people attack God, claiming that if He is all-loving (omnibenevolent), then He cannot also be all-powerful (Omnipotent). How could a loving God allow so much suffering and pain if He is powerful enough to do something about it? And if God is powerful enough to stop suffering and pain, then He cannot be very loving to allow it. Although it seems like a contradiction, the truth is that man brought misery upon himself by his own sins (Romans 5:12). We are paying for Adam's sins, and others will pay for our sins. We live in a fallen world because of sin. Many people put God on trial and accuse Him, but I choose to trust God at His Word and not question why things are the way they are. I know sin is the culprit, but I cannot fathom the depths of it all. Everybody comes to the fork-in-the-road of life where we either trust God or place Him on trial in our heart. Who are we to judge our Creator?
Lord, let me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way,
That even when I kneel to pray,
My prayer shall be for others.
Others, Lord, yes, others;
Let this my motto be.
Help me to live for others
That I may live like Thee.
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Colossians 4:12, “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”
“Pray without ceasing.” —1st Thessalonians 5:17
"And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God." —Luke 6:12
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