2Prayer is Profound, Unfathomable and Immeasurable in its Impact
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” – Matthew 17:19-21
So much has been written about prayer, so many lessons have been taught on prayer, so many sermons have been eloquently delivered on the subject of prayer. And yes, countless web pages are devoted to prayer (as of this writing, 120 million Google search engine hits for the word “prayer”). One could effectively argue that the main subject of the Bible is prayer — that is, how sinful man can enter into the presence of Holy God. And yet, for all there is to know about prayer, it is still unknowable in many ways.
For example, if God knows all, including my thoughts even before they are fully formed in my mind, then why pray? If God is all-knowing and all-wise, why would He ask me to pray when the answer to my prayer might not be best for me, let alone those around me, or even the world? Why won’t God answer me verbally and meet with me face to face? Why do my prayers often seem to fall on deaf ears and go unanswered? Will God hear me given all the wrongs in my life?
Well, you can undoubtedly add many more of your own questions to that list. We may never fully understand prayer, but we must still pray. There is much about my car I do not know or understand, but I still drive it. Even so, this web site provides a synopsis of what God’s Word tells us about how and why we are to pray. Many of these verses provide incredibly profound promises to those who pray. You will still have questions, but keep praying regardless. The next tab of this web page includes four key aspects of prayer that help answer our questions, and demonstrate why prayer, though simple, is indeed profound.
- He prayed for strength that he might achieve; He was made weak that he might obey;
- She prayed for health that she might do greater things; She was given infirmity that she might do better things;
- He prayed for riches that he might be happy; He was given poverty that he might be wise.
- She prayed for power that she might have the praise of men; She was given infirmity that she might feel the need of God.
- He prayed for all things that he might enjoy life; He was given life that he might enjoy all things.
- They had received nothing that they asked for — all that they hoped for; their prayers were answered — they were most blessed.
— Adapted from Thru The Bible by J. Vernon McGee