I picked up ‘The Sovereignty of God‘ by A.W. Pink this last week and will probably post a review of it shortly, but in the meantime I wanted to share a few great thoughts he had on the design of prayer – enjoy!
“Why has God appointed that we should pray? The vast majority of people would reply, ‘In order that we may obtain from God the things which we need.’ While this is one of the purposes of prayer, it is by no means the chief one. Let us look, then, at some of the reasons why God has bidden us to pray.
First and foremost, prayer has been appointed that the Lord God Himself should be honoured…Prayer is an act of worship inasmuch as it is the prostrating of the soul before Him; inasmuch as it is calling upon His great and holy name; inasmuch as it is the owning of His goodness, His power, Him immutability, His grace; and inasmuch as it is the recognition of His sovereignty, owned by a submission to His will…Again; prayer redounds to God’s glory, for in prayer we do but acknowledge our dependency upon Him.
In the second place, prayer is appointed by God for our spiritual blessing, as a means for our growth in grace. Prayer is designed by God for our humbling. Prayer, real prayer, is a coming into the Presence of God, and a sense of His awful majesty produces a realization of our nothingness and unworthiness…Again; prayer is designed by God to teach us the value of the blessings we have sought from Him, and it causes us to rejoice the more when He has bestowed upon us that for which we supplicate Him.
Third, prayer is appointed by God for our seeking from Him the things which we are in need of…[but] what is the use of my coming to God and telling Him what He already knows…Prayer is not for the purpose of informing God, as if He were ignorant (Matthew 6:8), but it is to acknowledge He does know what we are in need of. Prayer is not appointed for the furnishing of God with the knowledge of what we need, but it is designed as a confession to Him of our sense of the need…He designs to be honoured by our asking, just as He is to be thanked by us after He has bestowed His blessing.”