Nathan Brewington, Chaplain
"Why Do We Pray?"
Why would we pray at all, knowing God hears our prayers, or what we are thinking, anyway?!
George McDonald offered this rational for prayer; what if God knows prayer to be the thing we need first and most? What if the main object in God's idea of prayer is a supplying of our great, our endless need...the need of Himself? Hunger may drive the runaway child home and he may or may not be fed at once, but he needs his parents more than his dinner. Communion with God is the one need of the soul beyond all other needs. Prayer is the beginning of that communion, of talking with God...a coming-to-one with Him, which is the sole end of prayer...yea, of existence itself. We must ask that we may receive, but that we should receive what we ask in respect to our needs is not God's end in making us pray. He could give us everything without that. To bring His child to His knee...God withholds, that men may ask.
God wants us for Himself. He desires communion with us. His purpose in prayer is not to make us sit up and beg, but He wants us to know Him. Prayer is His method to accomplish that.
Ever play the game with your Dad....he had money in his hands and you had to try to get it out by pulling on his hand to get it? Took a while, right? Had to keep trying, right, before you got what was in his hand? Least we had hold of his hand, was it about what was in his hand or you holding his hand? God has more to give us, like getting to know Him and talking to Him. If we don't do that with God, we miss the point!
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind."
Romans 8:15 "For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out Abba, father."
Romans 8:24, 25 "For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope, for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we h ope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance."
As always, I'm here if you need to talk. Come by, call or write....I will answer! God's blessings to us all!
Your Chaplain and friend to the end,
Nathan S. Brewington, Jr.
Chairman - Charles Jarboe
Vice-Chair - Don Caster
Recording Secretary - Vikki Witham
Financial Secretary - Michael Moles
Sargeant-At-Arms - Michael Moles
Executive Board Member - Dale Cole
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