I love this thought from Spurgeon. It deals with prayer and it is something that I honestly have largely overlooked. Most discussions (or disputes?) about the role of prayer and God’s sovereignty stem from the philosophical side of things: If God is God, in charge and doing what He’s going to do, then why pray? What can prayer accomplish?
But this line of reasoning completely misses the point of prayer altogether. Prayer is conversation, not chips to be bartered with God to get our way at His expense. Therefore, we see it pop up all thorughout Scripture.
We are to pray, to engage with God, to converse with Him. This is the fundamental reason and purpose behind it. Not to get things from Him, or twist His arm and pester Him until things shake out the way we want them to. ”Consider the lilies of the field” Jesus tells us in Luke 12:27. They don’t work, labor, and yet, look at how much God takes care of them. Don’t doubt that He will take care of you too.
Prayer. Its prominent in God’s Word because He wants it to be conspicuous in our lives. He wants us engaged with Him.
“It is interesting to remark how large a portion of Sacred Writ is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We scarcely open the Bible before we read, “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord;” and just as we are about to close the volume, the “Amen” of an earnest supplication meets our ear. Instances are plentiful. Here we find a wrestling Jacob–there a Daniel who prayed three times a day–and a David who with all his heart called upon his God. On the mountain we see Elias; in the dungeon Paul and Silas. We have multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises. What does this teach us, but the sacred importance and necessity of prayer? We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in his Word, he intended to be conspicuous in our lives. If he has said much about prayer, it is because he knows we have much need of it.”
- C.H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, Day 2