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Prayers That Matter Much

19 Nov

In Miracles, C. S. Lewis explains how our prayers make a difference–even when they don’t seem to:

When we are praying about the result, say, of a battle or a medical consultation the thought will often cross our minds that (if only we knew it) the event is already decided one way or the other.  I believe this to be no good reason for ceasing our prayers.  The event certainly has been decided–in a sense it was decided “before all worlds.”  But one of the things taken into account in deciding it, and therefore one of the things that really cause it to happen, may be this very prayer that we are now offering. (p. 291)

Pray MoreThere is no question whether an event has happened because of your prayer.  When the event you prayed for occurs your prayer has always contributed to it.  When the opposite event occurs your prayer has never been ignored; it has been considered and refused, for your ultimate good and the good of the whole universe. . . . But this is, and must remain, a matter of faith. (p. 294)

It is also a matter of will . . . but not yours:  “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” –1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Book Comments, C. S. Lewis, Prayer

 

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