Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Prayers No One Bothers To Ask


I ran across this church sign in Haskell County, Oklahoma. Interesting...
Does God sit around on the clouds of heaven thinking up answers to prayers no one ever bothers to ask? I seriously doubt it. If God simply waits for people to pray and then gives answers, he can be manipulated. The God I worship and serve isn't one who can be manipulated by the whimsical desires of humankind. The quote on the sign above has a high sounding ring to it but the theology is off the mark. Sometimes church signs can offer interesting quotes that contain bad theology...

3 comments:

Dave said...

I think the sign is right. In my interpretation, the sign says that God has all the answers, even if you don't know the question. I don't think it suggests any waivering on God's part to the whims of people...I think it resolutely states that God is all-knowing.

Speedzzter said...

Assuming the absolute sovereignty of God, Heaven is indeed full of answers to prayers no one bothered to ask.
How?
Because in the process of communication with God, the Holy Spirit manipulates repentant and seeking human hearts toward the "heavenly" answers. Any "waiting" function is a necessary component of human "free will." Prayer is communication which ultimately aligns our wills with God's sovereign will. See 1 Thess 5:17-18, RM 8:26, Jas 5:13-16 (but see e.g. Jas 5:17-18 (Elijah's prayers for weather "manipulation")

Viewing the sign as an endorsement of a superficial "Santa Claus" god misses the point.

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