The Presupposition of a Believer who Prays

J. I. Packer begins his little book Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by connecting the power of God to the prayer of the believer:
If you are a Christian, you pray; and the recognition of God's sovereignty is the basis of your prayers. In prayer, you ask for things and give thanks for things. Why? Because you recognize that God is the author and source of all the good that you have had already, and all the good that you hope for in the future. This is the fundamental philosophy of Christian prayer.

The prayer of a Christian is not an attempt to force God's hand, but a humble acknowledgment of helplessness and dependence. When we are on our knees, we know that it is not we who control the world.
God's Sovereignty
March 26, 2011
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