Title: God Answers Prayer

Text: James 5:13-18

 

Three Perspectives on Prayer

 

1)    The strong Reformed idea: God changes us when we pray, but He does not change circumstances because circumstances are already predetermined

Quote (see below), Exodus 32:32:9-14

 

2)    The strong Charismatic idea: God always changes circumstances when we pray if we have enough faith

Matthew 7:7-8, Matthew 9:20-22, Matthew 17:14-21

 

3)    The Biblical idea: God changes us and He changes circumstances when we pray, but He doesnít always change circumstances  

2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Psalm 119:71

 

ďOne problem that has concerned thoughtful Christians when considering the nature of providence is the role of prayer. The dilemma stems from the question of what prayer really accomplishes. On the one hand, if prayer has any effect on what happens, then it seems that Godís plan was not fixed in the first place. Providence in some sense depends on or is altered by whether and how much someone prays. On the other hand, if Godís plan is established and He will do what He is going to do, then does it matter whether we pray?Ē (Christian Theology, Millard Erickson, page 430)