The #BigRead13 Day 7

You can find day 7’s post from the #BigRead13 here.

Today’s Bible quote is Mark 11:22-24

22 Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. 24 So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

The quote from the Magician’s Nephew is along very similar lines – the child wondering whether [Aslan?] doesn’t just know what people want, with the Horse saying that he likes to be asked.

This is a question that bothered me as a youngster at school about prayer.  Why do I have to ask God for what I (or others) need?  If he is all-seeing and all-knowing, doesn’t he know better than I do?

The passage above caused me further thought when I properly started thinking about my faith. Why, if I prayed, didn’t the things I’d asked for happen?  As a young boy, I’m sure I prayed for what all young boys pray for – like a new bike; a train set; a puppy. Perhaps now because I’ve realised that that is praying for what I want rather than what I (or others) need?

Psalm 130 also speaks to me here – and this is a particularly plaintive, beautiful setting of it. Prayer of praise always. Prayer of intercession? Again, always – but perhaps the answer won’t be obvious? But it will be there when you most need it – out of the depths, indeed…

If you’ve got this far, I really do recommend you go and read what Pam has to say on prayer. I’ll be pondering it more over the next few days.

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