“Prayer only makes sense if God is King. Otherwise, why would we go to him?”

The God we pray to is the Sovereign King of the universe. While this gives us a great deal of confidence knowing that he is all powerful and can always bring about his will, it also can seem to demotivate our praying at times. We wrestle with questions like, “If God already knows what I’m going to pray, and has the ability to bring about his own will, then what’s the purpose of prayer?” In our passage this week we will see two of the main reasons for praying to a God who is King highlighted: We pray for his glory and we pray for our good.

Application Questions

1. Do you more often pray for God’s will to be done or for your own will to be done? 

2. In what ways do questions about God’s sovereignty tend to demotivate your prayers?

3. How might a fresh appreciation for God’s glory motivate you to seek him in prayer?

4. How might an appreciation for how praying transforms you motivate you to seek God in prayer?

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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